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Parents need to know that although kids younger than 4 can probably use this site with some simple pointing and clicking, parents will want to guide very young children on the site. This well-produced reading portal was established by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Your computer must have Macromedia Flash Player to view the movies.
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Parents might favor reading books in person instead of staring at a computer screen, but STORYLINEONLINE.NET -- a hip combination of Reading Rainbow and Hollywood -- features excellent book-related questions and activity guides that accompany each book to make the experience more interactive and educational. After reading Me and My Cat, for example, you can "list the things Nicholas could do as a cat that he couldn't do as a boy. Discuss your list with a friend" or "write a Haiku about a cat." One caveat: After families visit this site, parents may need to pump up their storytelling showmanship -- kids may expect Oscar-worthy reading performances at every bedtime.
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