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By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Poetry exploration site is a bit limited but a nice start. Poster Image

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Though it functions much as an advertisement for his books, is a nice addition for kids already enamored by Shel's poetry or as an entertaining way to introduce potential admirers to his often-quirky world. Kids who know Shel's poems will likely enjoy the games, but game content doesn't change (the featured poems are always the same), so kids will quickly exhaust the offerings. Only one game allows kids creative license to create their own poems.

However both the site and Shel's poems do have the potential to get kids excited about poetry and reading. And though the printables are also strictly focused on Shel's poetry, they offer great ways to introduce kids to poetry fundamentals like rhyme and rhythm, types of poems, and stimulate poetry discussion and creation. In all,, with heavy support from its printables, offers a decent launching pad for further poetry exploration.

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