Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Dora The Explorer

Dora The Explorer

Spring 2012 Television
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Rating: TV Y

Nickelodeon's first bilingual series, Dora the Explorer,has captivated preschool-aged viewers since the series premiered in 2000. In each animated half-hour episode, this cheerful little traveler sets off to investigate a new place with the help of her talking map (named, of course, Map) and a resourceful backpack (named, of course, Backpack). She's often accompanied by her best friend Boots, a monkey named for his stylish red footwear.

Whether the locale is real or imaginary, the road to Dora's intended destination is never smooth-but little Dora doesn't give up. She employs basic logic, counting skills, and color and shape recognition to overcome obstacles so she can continue her journey. Dora often asks little viewers for their help, and the program provides long pauses so kids at home can consider their answers. Dora also peppers her conversations with Spanish words and phrases, again addressing viewers directly as she asks them to repeat key vocabulary words. And no journey is complete without a bouncy song or two, usually celebrating qualities of friendship.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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