Scholastic.com/Clifford

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Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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What's not to like about a big red dog?

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Parents need to know that kids who are just learning to read will be encouraged as they explore this friendly, fluffy, tail-wagging site, and find their skills validated as they read along with the engaging audio books.

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What's it about?

Learn to read alongside Clifford, the famous Big Red Dog. If you choose one of the storybooks, you can click on the speaker icon next to each sentence to have it read aloud. In Play and Learn, interact with dress-up and matching games or try Treasure Chest -- you can't guess what will come out of this seemingly endless trove next. In See and Hear, there's Clifford's "Xylobone," where you can tap out a tune accompanied by Clifford on drums. There are also printables, activity sheets, coloring pages, and more for offline play. Parents and teachers can also find lesson plans and tips for using the site with young children.

Is it any good?

With a wide range of interactive features, this bright, welcoming site has something for every Clifford fan, whether kids are looking to play games, read stories, or just check in with their favorite characters. Kids who enjoy more hands-on fun will also like the craft ideas and printable coloring pages. Although the site is well organized, the big animated banner ads can be distracting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of Clifford's Big Ideas. Can you think of a time when you helped a friend? How does it feel when you help others? Do you ever find it hard to share? How do you feel when your friends share with you?

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