The essential dictionary for any child learning English or Spanish as a second language.
With 12,000 terms in each language and 2,000 illustrations covering more than 500 topics, The Firefly Spanish/English Junior Visual Dictionary shows what other bilingual dictionaries just cannot -- words translated as labels on computer-generated color illustrations. The topics cover a broad range -- everything from an airport layout to the human circulatory system, from electricity to the parts of a shoe.
The dictionary is organized into 22 color-coded themes that include, among others, astronomy, geography, the animal and plant kingdoms, the environment, the human being, food, science, transportation and machinery, the arts, and sports.
Each key word or phrase is connected to a detailed illustration, making identification quick and accurate. The Spanish term is identified by gender, helping the reader with correct usage. Two extensive indexes, one in English and the other in Spanish, make it fast and simple to find a term in either language.
This visual reference is educational and fun to use, making it valuable in helping young readers learn Spanish or English as a second language.
Jean-Claude Corbeil is a consultant and expert in linguistic planning with a worldwide reputation in the fields of comparative terminology and sociolinguistics.
Ariane Archambault is a specialist in applied linguistics who taught foreign languages before becoming a terminologist and editor of dictionaries.
Elementary and school libraries, as well as public libraries that serve bilingual populations will find one or both of the Firefly Junior dictionaries useful additions to their collections.
This is a fairly comprehensive visual dictionary for Spanish-speaking learners. It will be especially helpful for regular eduction teachers needing to clarify terms and concepts with these students. The presentation is very colorful and technically sound.... I can easily see various subject teachers using sections to help recent arrivals cope.
Designed for young users... a good visual dictionary has a place on the ready-reference shelf.