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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.
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"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?
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