This guide is intended to help children of 7-11 master the basics of spelling (companion guides focus on punctuation and grammar). it meet the requirements of the Literacy Framework for Years 3 and 4, and is also linked to the 1998 edition of The Oxford Primary School Dictionary. The books are written in a simple, lively style, and use funny illustrations and running story-lines to bring abstract language concepts to life. They can be used as reference books, giving clear advice on numerous points, and should also stimulate children's interest in words and the way language is constructed. They also provide concise teaching points for language and literacy lessons, and should be a useful reference resource for both teachers and parents.