A lot or a little?
Parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there's very little original music here. Except for a dance-party mix of the Dora the Explorer theme song and a few lyrics in Spanish, this album offers energetic, danceable versions of songs everyone has heard a million times before: "Wheels on the Bus," "Itsy Bitsy Spider," even the "Chicken Dance."
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What's the story?
Featuring a collection of old musical chestnuts and a very busy synthesizer, DORA THE EXPLORER PARTY FAVORITES is the kind of CD that toddlers will adore while it drives their parents crazy. Infused with frenetic energy, busy sound effects, and just enough Spanish vocabulary to qualify as a \"fiesta,\" these are mostly songs you've heard a million times, arranged to guarantee giggly danceability.
Is it any good?
The highlight is 12-year-old Caitlin Sanchez, whose delivery (as the new voice of Nickelodeon's Dora) is clear, expressive, and musical. A talented young singer-actor-pianist, she has been the recipient of the Tito Puente Scholarship Award for musical excellence, and has appeared on a number of commercials and TV dramas. She takes her "Dora" role seriously here, as any trained actor would, and saves the day.