For more than 15 years, kids all over the world have been discovering the enchanting world of Pokemon. Today, the Pokemon family of products includes video games, the Pokemon Trading Card Game, the Pokemon animated TV series, movies, toys, and much more. The games encourage strategic thinking and, in many cases, basic math skills. Pokemon puts a strong emphasis on good sportsmanship and respect for other players, as well. And many parents feel that the Pokemon TCG and Pokemon video games encourage their children to learn to read, since reading is required in most Pokemon games. What Are Pokemon?Pokemon are creatures of all shapes and sizes who live in the wild or alongside humans. For the most part, Pokemon do not speak except to utter their names. Pokemon are raised and commanded by their owners (called "Trainers"). During their adventures, Pokemon grow and become more experienced and even, on occasion, evolve into stronger Pokemon. There are currently more than 700 creatures that inhabit the Pokemon universe.