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The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary is a brand new, unique, alphabetical colour dictionary of Shakespearean words and meanings, targeted to help students of 11-16 years get a better understanding of Shakespeare anywhere in the world. Ideal for GCSE and for all who love reading, studying, watching, or performing Shakespeare. Vineeta Gupta, Head of Children’s Dictionaries at OUP, said: “This new dictionary is the perfect resource for anyone studying or reading Shakespeare, as it can be used alongside the text of the play to provide instant clarity and visual inspiration. The rich detail of this book breathes life back into Shakespeare’s words, and we hope that current and future generations will use this dictionary to harness the power of those words and discover just how relevant and exciting Shakespeare is.” This dictionary helps students to use Shakespeare’s language to unlock the world in which his plays were written by demonstrating both the similarities and differences between then and now. “We have a lot more in common with the Elizabethans than many would realise,’ says co-author Ben, “Victorian prudery saw much of the earthiness and bawdy humour of Shakespeare sanitized for the social customs of the time. These days we are much more open about such matters.” And David added, “The type of words we use tell other people about the world we live in, and about the thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that we have. Exploring Shakespeare’s vocabulary gives us an insight into the ways Elizabethan people thought, but in some cases the meanings of the words have changed so much, things can get lost in translation.”
March 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month | There’s a huge amount of information, and inspiration, contained in this rucksack-pocket-sized guide. Author and real-life explorer Justin Miles covers all the basics, including essential kit and how to pack it, and the key survival skills - lighting fires, tying knots, using a compass (there’s even one attached to the cover). He also describes the challenges of real life exploring in the world’s extreme climates, quoting examples from his own travels and from history. The information is clearly laid out, and the anecdotes and true life stories are fascinating. Justin comes across as exactly the kind of bloke it would be fun to trek with across the Arctic. Guaranteed to put kids in the mood for outdoor activities.
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
Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Explore seven continent maps, packed with hundred of activities and challenges to inspire armchair travellers of any age. Whether you're visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil or a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together epic adventures from the remotest corners of the globe and discoveries to made on your own doorstep. Follow one boy and one girl as they travel to over 30 destinations and discover hundreds of things to spot and facts to learn on every page.
Children's Activity Atlas is the perfect first atlas. It not only contains essential geographical information such as countries or states, capital cities, principal mountains, rivers and lakes, it is also crammed with interactive fun including 100s of stickers and some postcards, so that young readers can truly engage with discovering the world and share their fun with others.
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.
The Oxford School Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar Dictionary is the essential reference book for secondary school. In full colour, it has easy-to-use rules and help, plus an alphabetical list of the tricky, and everyday, words including those most commonly misspelt, all backed by analysis of Oxford's unique database of children's writing.
Using the Oxford Reading Tree Floppy's Phonics Sound and Letters Programme and synthetic phonics, the Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary helps children become proficient readers and spellers. With 4000 words, ordered by sounds and spellings and linked to the Alphabetic Code Chart and with colourful illustrations by Alex Brychta and the familiar Oxford Reading Tree characters, this is a fun and simple way to prepare for the phonics screening check.
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 8+ Based on a phonic approach to finding spellings, this schools edition of the best-selling Dictionary of Perfect Spelling gives a fresh way of finding words for those who find matching letters and sounds hard. Users can find words by applying a phonic attack which will lead them to the correct spelling and to irregular plurals, word endings and any word derivatives. For all those who struggle with a regular dictionary, this is an invaluable approach that will unlock ways of improving all written work.