Parents' Guide to

Seymour Simon

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Author's site, blog promote love of science and nature.

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For kids who are into science -- especially wildlife and outer space -- the blog on the Seymour Simon site will likely be a fun place to stop by many times a week to find out what's new, as well as post their own comments about the stories. There are some wildlife videos on the blog, as well as stories about kids helping animals, nature stories, and science or nature events that are happening that day, such as planetary sightings. The blog is regularly updated, but the contest information is not, so watch the dates on those. The one game is not educational, just for entertainment, and won't impress most computer-savvy kids. The alphabetical science dictionary (an online version of one of Mr. Simon's books) has a tremendous amount of science-related words, from "Abacus" to "Zenith."

Online interaction: Fans of Mr. Simon's books feel like they're interacting with the author, thanks to the website's blog -- which allows kids to post comments -- as well as the ability to upload photos and videos and to participate in contests.

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