Word Origins is a new title in the Oxford series of language reference guides to help children of 7-11 master the basics literacy. Understanding how words have evolved over time helps with spelling, suffixes and prefixes. Funny artwork and a lively text follows the characters Brian, Shaz, and the dog Dennis as they travel back in time to discover where different words such as sight, sister or bungalow came from and how they have changed with time. The book gives clear advice on numerous points. It also provides concise teaching points for language and literacy lessons and will be an invaluable resource for both teachers and parents. John Butterworth is a regular consultant on children's dictionaries, and the author of several language activity books for children including Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation in this series and Using the Oxford School Dictionary and Using the Oxford Primary School Dictionary.