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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2015
Ajay 3 and Great Grandpa 77 love Dora!
We both learn a lot!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2014
My granddaughter loves all her Dora DVD'S. She's learning a lot & she's only 22 months. I will get more in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2013
I'm a dad of two girls - 3 and 1 1/2. And I don't usually write reviews like this on here, but I'm very impressed with this kids show.

You see, I tend to get annoyed by children's programming, and I think some of that has to do with how poorly done the production quality is, especially the synthesized music. I'm a musician - I can't *not* listen to the music. But, for my money, there are really four shows that stand out above the rest for a balance of high production quality (incl. music) and appropriateness for developmental stage. Those four are Dora, Diego, Sesame Street, and Veggie Tales. Of these four, Sesame Street is the only one that continues to record music played by live musicians; the music writing/arranging is always engaging, and the quality of the players' musicianship is outstanding. But of the MIDI-music shows, Dora, Diego, and Veggie Tales are in the highest class. The musical writing is usually thoughtful, and the MIDI sequencing is done with genuine attention to detail.

Specifically, Dora and Diego (Go, Diego, Go) benefit my kids' cognitive development by teaching them to recall a short sequence of tasks. I can see my 3-year-old improving in her ability to track with the sequence as the episodes progress. I'm sure many others are commenting on the bi-linugal instruction (little phrases, words, or numbers in Spanish every episode). I'll weigh in on that and say it's "good" - it doesn't make or break the show for me, it's not awesome, it's not the primary reason I put it on for the girls, but it is a nice feature, I'm glad it's there, and I see genuine benefit in the show including that instruction.

Now, this review has been general to the Dora show itself, and, frankly, I don't really have anything specific to say about season 3 (as opposed to any of the other seasons). They seem about the same to me. But that can be significant, in that there's no major inconsistency in quality. Some projects like this begin with great energy, and have great ideas for season1, but end up becoming a bit rote or stale in later seasons. I haven't observed that for Dora, so that's good.

So - there you have it - a kids show that is light-years less annoying than Barney! Two thumbs up!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2014
So glad Amazon Prime offers these for free!! It's all Dora all the time at my house. We love Dora, Boots and Swipper!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2014
If you haven't seen Dora, I just want to state that it gets old quite quickly for adults. The episodes are all essentially the same where Dora goes on an adventure. They mix up the episodes a bit by trying to find "super stars" and Swiper the Fox is always around looking to nab something from Dora or her friends. She is also trying to help someone get home or find something in every episode. The good part is that it is very entertaining for young children My 3 year old daughter has been watching Dora for about 1.5 years now and she still loves it. It is educational as they teach children some simple words in Spanish and help them learn what different "items" are. For instance, they will go through the cave, under the bridge, sail across the ocean to reach an island. The show emphasizes learning new words and they always use special items to get through their "quest."

Overall, it is a good show, no violence, no negativity, and very educational. I'd recommend it as a simple show to help children from ages 1-5 learn many different words, including some Spanish. But parents may need to tune it out or you will become annoyed by the same music and interactive map section of the show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2014
Dora is always a 5 star rating in our house altho she's losing time to Diego because he speaks more Spanish and is more action-based
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on April 11, 2015
My son is language impaired and Dora targets a wealth of early language concepts that typical children aquire naturally. It targets answering questions, the concept of "favorite", adjectives, comparatives, following directions, prepositions, vocabulary development, and the list go on...I use it with my son daily by pausing on amazon prime and challenging him in the language concepts that he needs to develop. The show also keeps him engaged with the vibrant colors and catchy tunes. It is very repetitive in format from show to show, therefore my son is able to acquire new vocabulary and language concepts more easily. The repetition makes him feel as though he knows what to expect at given times. I think that this allows for a little "break" from learning new concepts. It allows for learning in small increments. I firmly believe that it is enhancing his language development. I am so please to help him understand his world using Dora as a tool.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2014
Let me start by saying that my 4 and 5 year old do like the show, but it is the most mindless, boring show ever. Once you've seen one, you've seen them all. I don't understand why they even seek "interaction" if you could call it that, from the viewer as the show continues regardless, obviously, and my manor conscious children are always interrupted when they are "answering". This doesn't teach anything, certainly nothing positive. The one good thing about the show is the minor amounts of Spanish it teaches, but they could learn more from a Spanish board book. Our kids watch about 30 min of something, about 4 days a week, so I would rather it be an actual educational experience. I know the show is hugely popular, but my personal opinion is that it's a waste of time for all ages.
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The quality is as good as can be expected from a 10-year-old cartoon, but it plays smoothly. One odd complaint--the Nickelodeon "intro" is MUCH louder than the rest of the cartoon for some reason, and that's consistently true across all of the Dora and Diego cartoons. When watching you may want to adjust the volume down (or mute) until the intro is done to save your TV speakers and possibly your ears. The cartoon itself is cute and well-structured for younger children, that eventually understand what Dora is asking for and the order in which things happen on the show. My 2-year-old girl loves it and would watch an entire season straight through if I'd let her. It's the first cartoon like this to really capture her attention for an entire episode so that alone makes it worth the recommendation for younger children.
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on March 9, 2013
My two-year old daughter LOVES this show.

It's interactive: it engages the viewer to repeat a set of instructions, dance, and shout at Dora's nemesis, Swiper, "Swiper, no swiping!" The cast includes Dora, Boots (her sidekick), the Map (it gives directions to help Dora on her journey), the Backpack (provides a toolkit to resolve any issues), and Swiper the Fox.

The show is also educational because it teaches viewers a Spanish word or two during the show. Think Spanish 101. In fact, some people I know brush up on their Spanish by watching a few episodes before taking a Spanish quiz in class (yes, Dora's pretty thorough).

The storylines are predictable, yet they are always entertaining to my two-year old. Not a day goes by where she isn't yelling at the TV, "Swiper, no swiping!"
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