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Book Review: A Scholastic Children’s Dictionary by Scholastic Inc.

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This updated Scholastic Children’s Dictionary still contains the essential elements that made the original edition a big hit. Pronunciations are spelled phonetically. Sample sentences and cross-references facilitate word comprehension and usage. Full-color illustrations provide additional important information.

The book contains braille, sign language, a map of the United States, the Presidents, facts on all fifty states and current technology words. Each word is presented with the structural sentence component:  i.e. noun, pronoun, verb, or adverb

Alternative forms of a word are provided by the authors. In addition, each word is used in a model sentence to illustrate how the word fits within the context of daily usage. This is perhaps the most helpful use of the book since English language learners often struggle to place a word in the proper context within a sentence.

Some parents object to the presentation of words phonetically. The reason is that children may come to believe that the phonetic spelling of a word is the same as the actual spelling.

The phonetic interpretation is provided so that students see a slight alteration of the word that better represents the actual spoken language. Besides, children don’t read dictionaries for pleasure. They read books and refer to a dictionary in order to establish word utilization in the context of reading a specific book.

Scholastic Children’s Dictionary is a fairly complete rendition which presents word definitions in an understandable format with a sample sentence accompanying each definition. As such, the dictionary provides useful data for  assisting English language learners and other strategic constituencies to learn the language more comprehensively.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.