Dora The Explorer is a very popular Spanish for children DVD series which was created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. Ever since it appeared on the Nickelodeon cable television network in 2000, it has grown steadily in popularity, prompting a Spanish-dubbed version in 2006.
But what makes Dora The Explorer such a fun series for kids is its interesting and lovable characters. Here, we take a look a closer look at 3 main characters of the series and find out as to why kids just love them.
The main character in this popular Spanish for children DVD is none other than Dora. Dora is a 7-year-old Latina who goes on a new journey in every episode to either to find things or to help people. She is usually accompanied by her best friend Boots The Monkey and the show's antagonist - Swiper The Fox.
In every episode, kids learn many things from Dora. I like the fact that apart from sharing her culture and teaching viewers Spanish words and phrases, she always has a positive view on everyone she meets, even if the person she meets has questionable intentions. This teaches kids not to discriminate and to always find an amicable solution to any problem which may arise.
Dora also provides the voice of reason when her best friend, Boots The Monkey, decides to throw caution to the wind and embark on his little adventure This subtly teaches kids not to react too hastily especially when their parents decide not to let them do something because there is probably a good reason behind it.
Boots The Monkey
Boots The Monkey is Dora's best friend, often accompanying her on her travels. He gets his name from the red boots he wears and loves. As mentioned earlier, Boots, more often than not, gets in a bit of trouble. However, he gets out of it with some help from viewers and Dora, of course.
Boots is very enthusiastic and energetic. He does all sorts of stunts like flips and somersaults during their journeys and is more than happy to help Dora solve puzzles, riddles and clues.
Swiper The Fox
Swiper The Fox loves to steal Dora's things. But after all the hardship he puts Dora through, Dora still treats him like a friend. This comes to light when Swiper finds himself in trouble and calls to Dora and Boots for help.
I feel many kids can easily relate to Swiper's mischievous ways since kids have a tendency to be same. But more importantly, the relationship Swiper has with Dora teaches kids about true friendship as well as forgiveness.
The Dora The Explorer Spanish DVDs for children set is great for teaching kids Spanish language and culture. It is teaches kids what friendship really means.
Amelia Warmheart is an avid traveler but a lousy cook. When not traveling or recovering from jet lag, she shares tips on where to get excellent gifts for kids such as Spanish for children DVD sets or Spanish movies with English subtitles for grown ups.