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Random House Webster's Large Print Thesaurus
Random House: 2001
ISBN: 0-375-70211-3
Genre: Reference

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - June 18, 2007

The Random House Webster's Large Print Thesaurus is a 'must have' reference book for anyone wanting, or needing, a large print thesaurus. This thesaurus meets the standards set forth by the National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH) for large print books. The entries in this book are listed alphabetically, with the main entry terms printed in a bold type that is approximately a 18-point font, and with the synonyms for each term printed in a slightly smaller, non-bold, font.

In all, this thesaurus includes more than 80,000 synonyms and antonyms. The text is organized to maximize ease of use and readability. The text is arranged with two columns of entries on each page, with a vertical line dividing the two columns. There is adequate spacing between the words so that they are easy to differentiate, and the large font sized used makes this text accessible to most visually impaired readers. The text also offers guidance on how to 'choose the right' word, along with a short essay that describes how new words are added to the language, and how they come to be added to a thesaurus. As an added bonus, this thesaurus also includes more than 400 synonym studies. These are short examinations of various words that describe their meaning in greater detail and which offer guidance on choosing just the right - and correct - word for a given situation. Here is a sample of entry in this book that includes a synonym study:
feature, n. characteristic, peculiarity, trait, property, mark. -Syn. Study. FEATURE, CHARACTERISTIC, PECULIARITY refer to a distinctive trait of an individual or of a class. FEATURE suggests an outstanding or marked property that attracts attention: A large art exhibit was a feature of the convention. CHARACTERISTIC means a distinguishing mark or quality always associated in one's mind with a particular person or thing: A fine sense of humor is one of his characteristics. PECULIARITY means a distinctive and often unusual property exclusive to one individual, group, or thing: A blue-black tongue is a peculiarity of the chow chow.
These synonym studies are an excellent study tool for students, and they will help readers of all ages effortlessly increase their vocabulary!

I found the Random House Webster's Large Print Thesaurus to be an admirably readable text that uses sufficiently dark and large print lettering. I especially like that it is printed on off-white paper that helps to reduce any problems with glare. More important, I was impressed with the range of terms selected for this volume. Granted, if you are use to using a college or writer's thesaurus you'll find that this thesaurus is not as exhaustive as these other volumes. However it covers the words that most people use in everyday speech and writing, and for most people, this will prove a practical and efficient thesaurus for everyday use.

The Random House Webster's Large Print Dictionary is a companion volume to this thesaurus, and combined, they serve as an excellent basic reference set for use in the home and at school. In addition, both feature the same large print format, thereby making these ideal volumes for anyone looking for a large print thesaurus and / or dictionary.

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