Jocelyn A. from HARTSDALE, NY Reviewed on 3/24/2011...
This is a great video that besides being instructive, it incorporates Spanish with other children stories. great overall.
Love Dora, but something in this DVD that I do not like
C2 | Avon Lake, OH | 08/22/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Overall, my wife and I love to let our children watch Dora The Explorer. We enjoy many things about Dora - the use of Spanish words, the map, the fact that she's a little girl and is not afraid to perform these adventures, etc.
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."
Mostly okay [...]
Kathy | Oregon | 11/11/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I just saw this with my two children and while most of the show was typical Dora, cutesy adventures to become a "real princess" [...]
Dora is asked by a "giant" to help him find his lost puppy. Dora doesn't know this Giant yet she gladly accepts the mission. I was more then stunned when I saw and heard this firsthand. This is such a stereotypical lure for predators and Dora just helped the predators by sending the message that it's okay.
I know it's just a cartoon and that Dora is talking to a "Giant" but the message was not lost by my 4 year old and she said we should "always help if someone loses their puppy because they might be sad" I told her that Dora can help but that my own child should never ever help unless Mom or Dad are with her and that it was dangerous.
I would give this one zero stars if that were an option but as it is I am forced to give one star that I do not feel this show is worthy of.
Get this video if you must but be warned that your impressionable child may be left with the same message that if it's okay for Dora to help a stranger find their puppy it must be okay for them to help a stranger find their lost pet, too."
Not Just For Girls...
Sharna Campos | Fullerton, CA | 01/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the reviews, you would think that only girls should watch Dora. In fact, I see very few reviews for any of the Dora videos mentioning sons. This surprises me.
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!!"
This girl is something
Kristin J. Johnson | Hilo, Hawaii | 06/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You're welcome in Fairytale Land! Si!
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."