I was delighted to be given a couple of fantastic additions to my Ladybird Collection by my sister last week. One from the Junior Science series which I will be featuring soon and also a rather exciting copy of A Second Ladybird Key Words Picture Dictionary and Spelling Book. Now Mrs Fox's featured a 1966 version of this back in March, but it's fascinating to see how different a later edition looks.
This version was published in 1980 and the illustrations really do have that late 70s / early 80s look about them – especially with the purple cover. It seems that the written contents are identical to those in the first edition, but all the illustrations have been updated.
The aim of this second dictionary is that it includes all 300 Key Words in a series of illustrated sentences, where each sentence is entirely made up of Key Words. These Key Words are what the whole Ladybird Key Words reading scheme is based upon.
For reference, it seems that the first dictionary in this series (series 642) just ninety-two Key Words were included, each illustrated separately and with large lettering so that children could trace over with their fingers. An ideal stepping stone to this second dictionary.
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