Dora the Explorer - Dora's Fairytale Adventure
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My almost 3 year old son has loved the Dora shows and videos since he was just months old. Early on, I'm sure it was the colors, the repition and music that attracted him. Now he loves the adventure, the language, the lessons and characters. My husband often speaks Spanish to my son, but he retains more from Dora. He loves that Dora can be a princess, a pirate, a musician, a balloonist, an explorer, a friend or anything else she happens to be that day.
I hope that other parents of boys are not avoiding Dora based on the gender of the main character. That would be a shame. These videos provide such good lessons (both moral and educational) that should apply to children of any gender.
Hooray for Dora!! My son is all boy, and we love her at our house!!
I've watched this DVD for the 50th time with my nephew and I still appreciate how spunky and smart Dora is. You have to love a series that has titles such as "Dora Saves the Prince," and in this new fairy-tale adventure, Dora must race against time to wake up Sleeping Boots. As we all know, Boots will drop anything for a banana! Unfortunately, like Snow White (who appears in the story), he falls fast asleep once he eats a banana enchanted by a wicked witch. Why is she wicked? It just seems to go with the archetype.
Dora must become a true princess in order to break the witch's spell. With a little help from her friends Iza, Tico, Benny, Map, and Backpack as well as the denizens of Fairtyale Land, Dora is on her way! Come on, vamonos, everybody let's go!
Dora is a terrific heroine for girls: she doesn't get easily frustrated, she loves to laugh, and she's loyal to her friends. Best of all, she doesn't wait around for someone to save her!
The other story in which Dora and Boots imagine a continuation of the Three Little Pigs story is terrific too.
Not to the part that we don't like and find issue with. With this DVD, there's a scene where Dora encounters a giant who has lost his puppy. The giant asks for Dora's help to find her puppy, which she does and they find the puppy.
Not to sound like an alarmist, but one of the classic child lures is for people to say that they have lost their puppy and need help finding it. As impressionable as our children are, we were afraid that Dora helping a stranger find his puppy could make our jobs that much more difficult about the importance of not talking to strangers. We have since quit watching this DVD.
We would encourage the makers of Dora to come out with a DVD about not talking to strangers, as she is such a great role model for children.
Recipe: Take Dora, mix in her being a princess, a castle, her long hair, lots of fairytale figures like Snow white or 3 little Pigs, spice with great music and songs and then add a Wicked Witch and you got it!
She of course wanted to see it 10 times a day so we dwindled it down to 2 times as I don't like her to watch alot. I was pleased with the length and content.
Another thing I liked about Dora in general is the Spanish but not because it teaches spanish - My daughter has been brought up bilingual Spanish/English - But because Dora is BILINGUAL and for kids who are bilingual, it is nice for them to have a child figure to relate too....My daughter always says "Dora is just like me!!!" : )
The story is very sweet and it involves Dora and Boots going to Fairytale Land where after a little while they run into a situation where it is up to Dora to make everything allright again. There are several more songs to this one (kind of like "Dora's Pirate Adventure, which is also a double-length episode featuring a little bit more story and more musical numbers). If you don't have this particular Dora DVD yet, this is most definitely one to get. My daughter has gone thru several phases where she likes one thing for awhile, and then another, etc. Dora, however, has been the one "thing" (for lack of a better word) that has remained tried and true. And I sure don't mind, the show is done really well and she has really picked up a lot from the show, both educationally and morally. I guess we're both big, big fans of Dora the Explorer, and I recommend this DVD very much!
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