Dora's Christmas

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Well-known Christmas favorites with a-Dora-ble Latin twists.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive messages

Encourages kids to enjoy the holiday season and maybe pick up some Spanish in the process.

Positive role models & representations

Dora's her usual optimistic, friendly self on this CD.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism

Dora the Explorer merchandise, also promotes Dora DVD.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the secular holiday songs here are all familiar, but with added Latin beats here and there, and altered lyrics to go along with the Dora theme.

User Reviews

Parent Written byjhgscijkusyedghvcisf September 9, 2014

bad

it is so bad it swears in spanish a ton you are just to dumb to hear it
Educator and Parent Written bytooting for dayz June 27, 2014

dont let your kidz c this chizzle

i think its redoncklous how ina pro this was for little billy. the monkey had no clothes on.... like come on. and the fox was prego
Teen, 15 years old Written bymistletoe56 August 15, 2015

DAT PUN THO

We were insulted by the sterotypes "hidden" in this movie but were able to dial back our fury by reading the pun that was "hidden" within th...
Teen, 17 years old Written byGertrude28 July 13, 2016

Dora is Awful

If your child watches Dora, they'll explode! She runs off into the forest without telling her parents and brings a rabid monkey, and she's only 4!

What's the story?

Preschoolers' favorite Nick Jr. heroine Dora the Explorer will get everyone in your family in the mood for the holidays with the new CD, DORA'S CHRISTMAS. There are 9 holiday favorites with a fun, Latin twist, including "Deck the Halls," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Jingle Bells," and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." There are 7 additional bonus tracks from Dora's holiday movie, Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure included, as well as a board game on the back of the CD booklet, and extra holiday games and activities available via CD-Rom.

Is it any good?

 "How many different ways can you sing Jingle Bells?" Well, just add a little Latin beat, some explorer-inspired lyrics, and it's "Jingle Bells" Dora-style. For Dora fans and family, the Latin grooves and fan-friendly lyrics, some English, some Spanish, make these traditional Christmas tunes fun and fresh and bearable all season long. Although there are some different words to many of the songs, the essence of these beloved classics is not lost, just enhanced. In "Sleigh Ride," for example, your little ones may be singing, "Vaminos, vaminos," instead of "Giddy-up." And in "Holly Jolly Christmas," friends say "Hola to all your amigos." Kids will love singing every song and enjoy getting into the holiday spirit with their favorite explorer and her friends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Dora franchise and the array of products and merchandise for young kids to feast upon and beg for. Does listening to the CD make kids want to buy more Dora merchandise? Talk about influential media, commercials, and advertising, and how companies create demand for products.

  • The controversy surrounding the new "grown-up Dora" has already been in the news. How can parents help their kids deal with the changes in their beloved characters?

  • Should such a well-known entity be changed, or left alone? What are negative and positive aspects of characters changing or growing with time, in relation to their fans?

Music details

For kids who love holidays

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