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I Know About!: Children's Picture Dictionary

32p. (World of Wonder). illus. photos. Flowerpot. 2014. Tr $7.99. ISBN 9781486700400.
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K-Gr 2—Billing itself as a guide to help emergent readers with "phonemic awareness," this full-color book misses the mark in many ways—especially when there are many better options available. This collection of about 1,234 words contains some random selections: it includes appropriate basic words for the target age group as well as more unusual choices ("govern," "fierce," "industry," "opera," and "vacant," as well as "wife" but not "husband"). The images are lacking, too. Most of the photos are stock, and some are quite silly or odd (a most unusual looking king, a battered recipe box). Parts of speech are identified, and the phonemic pronunciation is mostly accurate, but the book does not include stress marks to indicate syllable emphasis.—Sharon Verbeten, Brown County Library, Green Bay, WI

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