This dictionary contains over 10,000 selected headwords, 20,000 definitions and 1000 labelled illustrations. Headwords are defined in clear, straightforward English, with example sentences and pronunciation guides where needed. Word finding is simplified by the dictionary's three-column format and by spelling pointers at the base of many pages. An introduction to grammar, spelling and punctuation offers guidelines for using English, while an illustrated history of English offers young readers and writers an insight into the changing nature of the language. Words have been selected to reflect the interests of children aged nine and over, at school and in their leisure activities. All subjects in the school curriculum are represented and have been checked by qualified teachers.