The dictionary presents over 700 words in the context of pictures that tell stories. It features five characters and their families. They appear throughout in a series of 60 double-page illustrations, each of which introduces a topic. The scenes are interesting, amusing situations at home, school, around town and out in the world. The topics are thematically organized and can be presented in any order, but they follow a logical sequence both in content and in language difficulty. Vocabulary is defined with 'callout pictures' (individual pictures taken from the illustration as a whole) to help children isolate each item and search for it in the context of the picture story. Verbs and nouns are included together to encourage students to use the language in context. The dictionary is available in monolingual English, English-Spanish, and English-Japanese editions. It can be used by itself or with the accompanying components as the core of an entire curriculum.
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