What Is the Premise of the "Dora the Explorer" Show?


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"Dora the Explorer" is an animated American TV series about a girl named Dora who goes on adventures with her sidekick, a monkey named Boots. It's an educational program aimed at preschoolers. In each episode, Dora and Boots have to follow a map and solve simple puzzles to reach their destinations or to help friends.

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Other regular characters include Swiper, a fox who steals things, as well as Dora's cousin Diego and friends Benny the Bull and Tico the Squirrel, among others. Dora's backpack and map are also speaking characters on the show. Dora is of Mexican descent, and her abuela (grandmother) appears frequently.

The show has an interactive element that is designed to make children feel they are involved in solving the episode's tasks. When Dora encounters Swiper stealing something, she asks the audience to repeat, "Swiper, no swiping!" three times, and she pauses for several seconds to allow children to say those words. Dora also teaches viewers simple Spanish words and phrases, which she encourages them to repeat.

The show premiered in 2000 and has aired on Nickelodeon's networks ever since as of 2015. Because of the show's popularity, it has been spun off in several ways, including a series of books and traveling stage shows.

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