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5+ (Year 1, KS 1). The Oxford First Dictionary is the authoritative dictionary for children in their first years at school. This edition has a fresh design, bright artwork and up-to-date entries and will help build language skills in an enjoyable way. Your child might even become a word explorer with special sections on phonics, spelling and grammar for reading and writing success. It has, as with all of the Oxford reference range been written and edited by teaching experts.
10+ (Years 6 and 7, KS2-3). A fresh new look for the handy Oxford Pocket School Dictionary with 45,000 entries, extra central supplement on Study Notes and very durable linen finish cover and sturdy binding. It has all the text of the Oxford School Dictionary but in pocket form and yet still with an extremely accessible page design. The focus of the introduction is on all important grammar.
5+ (Year 1, KS 1). New 2012 edition. The Oxford First Thesaurus contains over 100 words in alphabetical order, 1000 synonyms, opposites, and word families - ideal for children as they begin to write independently at school and at home and are looking for vocabulary support. It is the only illustrated thesaurus aimed at children aged 5+. This major new edition of the Oxford First Thesaurus will inspire an early love of words and creative writing. Specially written by children's word experts, it is fun and accessible to first readers and writers, with modern 3D images on every spread. Children will find it fun to explore and it will inspire them to use a wider range of words, fast!
This book offers a fun and quirky introduction to famous artists, writers and scientists, via their pets. We learn a great deal about Sigmund Freud for example through the story of his beloved chow chow Jofi, who was present in his owner’s famous treatment rooms for seven years. Similarly, it’s much easier to identify with Isaac Newton once you know about his little dog, Diamond, or Henri Matisse as you learn about his cats Minouche, Coussi and la Puce. Some of the pets of course are interesting in their own right too – the crocodiles Dorothy Parker kept in her bath, or Charles Dickens’ talking raven Grip, who stars in Barnaby Rudge and also inspired Edgar Allen Poe’s poem The Raven. There are full page illustrations of each pet and owner and opposite a page of lively, accessible information about the pair and their relationship. Unusual, handsomely illustrated and inspiring.
May 2019 Non-Fiction Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2019 | Enduringly fascinating and inspiring, the story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Everest is always worth re-visiting. This strong narrative biography matched with atmospheric illustrations brings the two men to life from their childhoods in New Zealand and Nepal respectively to their amazing feat of climbing the world’s highest mountain. Alexandra Stewart and Joe Todd-Stanton capture something about the personalities of the two and the reasons that they felt the need to take on this great challenge. Most successfully, in words and pictures they describe the extraordinary landscape of Everest and the surrounding mountains and in particular the enormous dangers and the unique magic of mountaineering - especially when you take on the challenge of the highest mountain in the world.
Julia Eccleshare - Across the 25 hand drawn maps in this large format book the world in shown in many different ways. These include familiar maps such as one of the whole of Europe as well as surprising and fascinating ones showing different features of countries. Food and where it comes from features in many, including very vividly in the map of Poland. Alongside food, the wildlife – especially the animals - of different countries is shown. A beautifully produced book to look at again and again.
8+ (Year 3-4, KS2). The Oxford Children's Thesaurus is aimed at readers at KS2, YR3-6 and P4-7 for Scotland. No confusing abbreviations - word classes (parts of speech) and inflections written in full. Usage notes to help to encourage accurate use of language. Topic entries giving connected words for project work eg. Weather, Farm. Example sentences to help select the most appropriate word. Up-to-date example sentences and phrases show how words are used in context.
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - March 2015 Book of the Month - Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece Beautifully illustrated, this is an original and entertaining introduction to the curious facts about 600 iconic and incredible creatures which live all around the world. Grouped under unusual heading such as ‘The masters of camouflage’, ‘Our family friends’, ‘The poisonous’; ‘The snowy whites’ the book celebrates a host of animals some of whom are threatened with extinction. Details of special features and special characteristics are useful in helping to understand the import role each animal plays. ............................................ Reference books are enjoying a renaissance - Animalium by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom, and Lucy Letherland’s Atlas of Adventures are examples of beautiful looking books that inform and inspire in equal measure. Creaturepedia by Adrienne Barman is another. This unusual guide to the animal kingdom groups creatures together under eclectic headings: so the pretty-in-pinks include the Elephant hawkmoth and Amazon river dolphin as well as the earthworm; there are a host of creatures in the show-off category, including the stickleback, which does a zigzag courtship dance, and the Red-capped manakin bird which moonwalks along branches to impress! Barman’s illustrations are bold and colourful and each is accompanied by a simple caption. ~ Andrea Reece
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | A stunning and original book and a useful one too. Subtitled ‘A Celebration of Nature’s Greatest Show-offs’ in glorious pictures it introduces over 600 different plants grouped together under all kinds of headings. There are some nice indoor plants under the heading ‘Air-fresheners’, a dramatic spread of ‘The Magical’ and some beautiful spreads of ‘The Ornamentals’. It’s a book that will whet any child’s interest in plants and excite them about the very many possibilities that they offer. There’s a useful index for helping readers revisit some of the amazing plants that have caught their eye. ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for May 2018 Square by Mac Barnett A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge A Perfect Day by Lane Smith Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes & James Mayhew Wonder Goal! by Michael Foreman The Sand Dog by Sarah Lean The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell Plantopedia by Adrienne Barman