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Search Terms

You can search our site by adding one or more words to one or more of the search boxes below.

Each box searches a different field and the 'Search All' box searches them all.

If you enter multiple words in in any search box then one of those words MUST be in that field for the product to be returned but all of them don’t have to be present.

The results will be ordered by products with more of the specified words first (if in “Relevance” order) then any products that have less of your specified words.

For example if you search for “Red Dog” in the title field and “James Ben” in the Author field then ether “Red” or “Dog” must be present in the title AND ether “James” or “Ben” must be present in the Author field for a product to be shown in the results. If both “Red” and “Dog” is present in the Title as well as “James” and “Ben” in the Author then that product will appear first in the results followed by any products with fewer of the optional words.

Wildcard Searches

We support single and multiple character wildcard searches within single words.

To perform a single character wildcard search use the ""?"" symbol.

To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the ""*"" symbol.

The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for ""text"" or ""test"" you can use the search:

te?t

Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for test, tests or tester, you can use the search:

test*

You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term:

te*t

Warning: You should avoid using wildcard searches as the first character of a word as it will dramatically slow down searches:

?est

*st

Boolean Operators

Boolean operators allow terms to be combined through logic operators. We support AND, ""+"", OR, NOT and ""-"" as Boolean operators(Note: Boolean operators must be ALL CAPS).

The OR operator is the default conjunction operator. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the OR operator is used. The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching document if either of the terms exist in a document. This is equivalent to a union using sets. The symbol || can be used in place of the word OR.

To search for documents that contain either ""another book"" or just ""another"" use the query:

""another book"" another

or

""another book"" OR another

AND

The AND operator matches documents where both terms exist anywhere in the text of a single document. This is equivalent to an intersection using sets. The symbol && can be used in place of the word AND.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" and ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" AND ""Some Book""

+

The ""+"" or required operator requires that the term after the ""+"" symbol exist somewhere in a the field of a single document.

To search for documents that must contain ""another"" and may contain ""search"" use the query:

+another search

NOT

The NOT operator excludes documents that contain the term after NOT. This is equivalent to a difference using sets. The symbol ! can be used in place of the word NOT.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" NOT ""Some Book""

-

The ""-"" or prohibit operator excludes documents that contain the term after the ""-"" symbol.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" -""Some Book""

Fuzzy Searches

We support fuzzy searches based on the Levenshtein Distance, or Edit Distance algorithm. To do a fuzzy search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Single word Term. For example to search for a term similar in spelling to ""roam"" use the fuzzy search:

roam~

This search will find terms like foam and roams.

An additional (optional) parameter can specify the required similarity. The value is between 0 and 1, with a value closer to 1 only terms with a higher similarity will be matched. For example:

roam~0.8

The default that is used if the parameter is not given is 0.5.

Grouping

We support using parentheses to group clauses to form sub queries. This can be very useful if you want to control the boolean logic for a query.

To search for either ""another"" or ""book"" and ""website"" use the query:

(another OR book) AND website

This eliminates any confusion and makes sure you that website must exist and either term another or book may exist.

Escaping Special Characters

We support escaping special characters that are part of the query syntax. The current list special characters are:

+ - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ "" ~ * ? : \

To escape these character use the \ before the character. For example to search for (1+1):2 use the query:

\(1\+1\)\:2

Boosting a Term

We provide the relevance level of matching documents based on the terms found. To boost a term use the caret, ""^"", symbol with a boost factor (a number) at the end of the term you are searching. The higher the boost factor, the more relevant the term will be.

Boosting allows you to control the relevance of a document by boosting its term. For example, if you are searching for

another book

and you want the term ""another"" to be more relevant boost it using the ^ symbol along with the boost factor next to the term. You would type:

another^4 book

This will make documents with the term another appear more relevant. You can also boost Phrase Terms as in the example:

""another book""^4 ""Some Book""

By default, the boost factor is 1. Although the boost factor must be positive, it can be less than 1 (e.g. 0.2)

Proximity Searches

We support finding words are a within a specific distance away. To do a proximity search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Phrase. For example to search for a ""book"" and ""another"" within 10 words of each other in a document use the search:

""another book""~10
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Midsummer Night's Dream

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746063330

An entertaining retelling of one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, beautifully illustrated by Serena Riglietti. - Young readers will treasure this gift edition, which is published in hardback with a ribbon marker. Ages 9+.
Pub. Date: June 24 2005
Author: Sims, Lesley
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Little Women

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746067796

A re-telling of the beloved Louisa May-Alcott story for younger children. The inspirational story follows the fortunes of the March sisters as they struggle through the American Civil War and learn the importance of love, family and following their dreams. Usborne Young Reading Series 3 is for confident readers.
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Pub. Date: August 1 2006
Author: Sims, Lesley
Format: Hardback
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Wish Fish

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746085141

Bob and Bet catch a magical fish who grants wishes in this amusing story based on a folktale. Part of the Usborne First Reading series, aimed at children just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist.
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Pub. Date: May 24 2007
Author: Sims, Lesley
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Usborne Book of Castles

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746069097
Pub. Date: March 1 2006
Author: Sims, Lesley
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Castle That Jack Built

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746077092

Part of the "First Reading" series, this title is intended for children who are beginning to read by themselves. Featuring illustrations, it helps them build their burgeoning reading skills.
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Pub. Date: February 23 2007
Author: Sims, Lesley
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How the Elephants Lost Their Wings

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746085417

Part of the "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read, this title allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by illustrations.
Pub. Date: September 28 2007
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Book Level: 1.8
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Secret Garden

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746092392

A picture book based on the Frances Hodgson Burnett tale following the story of the spoiled Mary Lennox and the magical effects of a hidden garden.
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Pub. Date: June 27 2008
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Format: Hardback
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King Donkey Ears

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ISBN/EAN: 9780746096772

The King has a secret. He has donkey's ears. But when he tells the barber his secret, it surely can't be a secret for long.
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Pub. Date: July 31 2009
Author: Sims, Lesley
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Illustrated Classics for Boys

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ISBN/EAN: 9781409500391

A collection of stories of action, adventure and daring-do suitable for boys. It includes stories such as "Moonfleet", "Around the World in 80 Days", "Gulliver", "Robin Hood", "The Canterville Ghost" and "Robinson Crusoe".
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Pub. Date: October 1 2008
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Moon Zoom

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ISBN/EAN: 9781409507109

The eighth title in the new "Usborne Very First Reading" series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and the child more.
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Pub. Date: March 26 2010
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