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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2013
I love Dora, as do my 2 year-old-twins. I think it's a great show for their age. It's sweet and fun.

"Berry Hunt" is a fun episode that the boys love. The song "Going on a Berry Hunt" is much sung by us, and adaptable to many situations. Very catchy.

But towards the end of this episode, Dora busts through a locked gate (well, "abre"s through) to get to Blueberry Hill, where she must be careful, because it's where Swiper lives. After taking berries from a tree right next to Swiper's hole, he appears, and is accused of trying to swipe Dora and Boots's berries.

Certainly Swiper is mischievous in almost every episode, but in this case it is clearly Dora and Boots who have broken and entered, trespassed on Swiper's property, stolen his property, and perhaps harassed his pet bear (or at least put his life in danger from the freezing water).

I am careful to explain this to the boys whenever they watch, and i hope other parents do as well. It's a great learning opportunity and "teachable moment" about relative perspectives.

Swiper, if you read this, we're with you.

Also, in that train race - what would the other trains have done if they won the whistle? Then they would have had an extra one... wouldn't they have given it to Azul?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2015
Talk about living on the edge of your seat. I remember this one time Dora had a place to go and she didn't know that way. So do you know what happened then? SHE ASKED THE MAP. Talk about mind blown. I did not see it coming. Then this other time she had a place to go and she didn't know where to go, and do you know what she did that time. SHE ASKED THE FREAKIN MAP AGAIN!!! I couldn't believe her cleverness. I was literally standing and shouting at the TV(Not a rare occurrence with this show). I am pretty excited to see where this series goes. I'm thinking by season 6 she will have made Bene the Bull into steak, and will have nice fox skin jacket from the low life thieving Swiper the fox. Also I am a bit concerned she may get kidnapped. I am currently under the impression she s sneaking out of her house and doing acid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
What can I say about little Dora and her pal Boots?

Dora the Explorer is a lot like artificial sweetener. Everything in the world tells me it is harmless but I will be holding out for studies after the long term effects have been studied. So mostly harmless. My problem wit Dora is probably the very thing that my kids like about it; there is absolutely nothing in the show for anyone who is potty trained. PBS Kids' Curious George use to be my kids favorite and I feel that show was much better. In every way. So as we say goodbye to George and hello to Dora I can only hope he will move on from this as quickly as he did from "The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about That!".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My 2 year 8 month old granddaughter is a huge Dora fan. As an Amazon Prime Member, I have easy access to episodes on my iPad 3 via Amazon Instant Video.

My granddaughter now likes to count in Spanish and has developed a small Spanish vocabulary. I think any show that helps expand a child's cultural horizons is worthwhile--especially when the toddlers don't even know that is happening but just focus on the fun and entertainment that the show provides. This is yet another show that proves learning can be fun.
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28 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
If I hear the Dora opening song one more time...I'll...I'll...there is goes again in my head.

I would have banned this show from the house a long time ago, but my children are iPad and iPhone computer scientists, who seem to be able to find Dora on 1x wifi connections on a dusty road in Arizona. At the core, this show is super formulaic and annoying in its repetition. I suppose we can't make too big of a deal of this since most other entertainment have some repletion, but Dora takes it to an extreme. How are they going to get to the top of Candy Top Mountain? How!? Who cares! I hope the troll eats them this time. It would be good to show the kids that sometimes plans don't work out. Swiper the Fox get Boot's shoes, and Dora falls into the Swamp. Yes, sad...but a life lesson instead of frosting served on a cloud of saccharin.

Signed,
The Grumpy Old Troll
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2014
Before I get started I need to break out my map. How do I get to the end of this review? Map says I need to go up a catchy title, then through the tunnel why and then over mount Star.

Say it with me:

Go up Catchy title
Through the tunnel of why
then over mount star

If you don't understand my title, you need to watch this show. Google does not have the answer to this one. Basically, it is the equivalent of going to Walmart, walking up to someone and yelling, "Shop lifter no shop lifting." One day I will do this.

So we went up catchy title. Now where do we go?

Through the tunnel of love or the tunnel of why?

That is right we go through the tunnel of why!

You don't need to watch it. However, it is very educational for your child. Sure she speaks spanish. That is a good thing. These simple words will help your child as they grow older. Only thing, I live in Hawaii and Japanese is our second biggest language. I don't think spanish is going to help. But really, it is fun, educational and entertaining. I have learned a lot of español from this show.

We went up the catchy title and through the tunnel of why. Now do we go over mount fun or mount start?

That is right, we go over mount star!

5 Stars because the shop is free for Prime users and it rocks!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
My granddaughters have both loved Dora. Each episode contains multiple lessons about life and character. Additionally, they are exposed to Spanish as well as lessons about diversity and culture. This provides a great early childhood foundation for learning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2013
How to rate this show depends on whether I'm giving my opinion or that of my 3 year old. Surely she would give it 5 stars and she is already hooked and completely enamored of Dora and Boots after 2 episodes. Having grown up largely outside the U.S. and in semi-rural areas she has not previously been exposed to much tv, and while we're here visiting relatives I decided to check out the Dora obsession that seems to have been fairly solidly rooted in the U.S. since this series started. Pluses: my daughter loves that the characters seem to talk directly to her and seek her assistance and the storylines are easy to follow for a young child her age. There are a few educational points (review of counting) but mostly this is pure entertainment. Minuses: It disturbs me a little that this show seems to demonstrate that all challenges can be surmounted formulaic-ly and easily within 25 minutes resulting in lots of "way to go!!" and back-patting. I wonder if this is why people in the U.S. are growing increasingly depressed and frustrated--they are being taught from a young age that everything should be able to be successfully wrapped up with minimal effort and that they deserve praise for making any effort at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2015
This is a great animated learning series for pre-schoolers and toddlers. It is very fun to watch with your child. These animators and producers were really trying to reach out to children to build thier cognitive learning and memory skills. I believe my daughter was about two years old when she started watching Dora. She picked up new words in her vocabular from the show on a daily basis. My daughter also developed the ability to tell a simple story and learned how to describe a sequence of events during the time she watched Dora the Explorer. There are just so many good things to say about this children's program that I wish I had more time to write them all down. Watch the first season and I am sure your child's speech patterns will double or triple. My daughter and I watched the first season three times in less than a month. Even if your child's speech patterns don't improve as fast as my daughter's, I'm sure your child will learn to dance to the closing music of each show's "We Did It!" theme song.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2013
while i certaintly get annoyed by dora- my daughter loves her! and if i can get 20 min to cook dinner and scrub toilets! im thrilled. Im glad to know that she has a kid friendly show to watch!
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