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The Bottom Line
FFFBI.com represents the Internet at its best—an interactive, ad-free site that encourages reading and learning by presenting hilarious spy missions.
Once connected to the site, kids join the ranks of the FFFBI—the Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation—a spoof FBI agency run by a group of "ill-equipped animal agents" who are dispatched to countries they know "less than squat" about. Clearly, the FFFBI needs kids’ help for its international missions located by clicking "FFFBI International."
Each hour-long mission challenges kids to use their geography knowledge and problem-solving skills to complete the six interactive tasks. Kid-agents are provided with a reference dossier about the country they visit.
During the mission to India, for instance, kids join Agent Nelson (an African Elephant) who is guarding Bollywood movie star Priya Rai (a tiger). In order to assist Nelson, kids must study the dossier to learn about India and its customs, such as the game of cricket, spices used in Indian food, and numbers using traditional Hindi script.
Created by WGBH Interactive, the FFFBI’s international spy missions are a result of an alliance with the National Geographic Society Education Foundation. WGBH has 12 international missions planned, with the next set taking kids to England, Mexico, and Antarctica in the spring of 2005.
Overall, the comical dialog and the antics of the agents encourage reading and problem-solving skills. The humor and reading level are right on target for kids ages 8 to 13. FFFBI.com is also free (and ad-free), making it one of the best Web learning sites for tweens and teens. Don’t miss it.

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