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Parents need to know that though this show is a spin-off of the popular Nick Jr. series Dora the Explorer (Diego is her cousin), it can hold its own. Diego Marquez is an explorer of the rain forests of Latin America. He lives alongside his computer-savvy older sister and many exotic animal friends. In each episode, Diego learns about an animal that is native to Latin America and saves it from a seemingly perilous situation. Though repetitive and clearly entertaining for preschoolers only, the show offers exposure to Latin American culture and demonstrates how a community can work together to help others.
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It's no surprise the creators of the highly successful Dora the Explorer have sprung another show on Nick Jr., GO, DIEGO, GO, about Dora's eight-year-old cousin, an animal rescuer with the unique talent to communicate with animals. But unlike Dora, Diego's world is real -- the rainforests of Latin America. Each show focuses on a particular animal that is native to Latin America with Diego and the viewer learning interesting facts about it. Diego uses techno gadgets, his camera named "Click," and a computer to access important information about the animal. He also uses a Rescue Pack that can change into different modes of transportation, such as a parasail, hot air balloon, or raft to help him spring into action.
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By watching Go, Diego, Go, preschoolers learn more about the Latin world while becoming acquainted with a curious kid who never says no to an animal in need -- and the show's cultural component can't be underemphasized. Colorful visuals of the rainforest along with snappy Latin American music add to the flavor and richness of Diego's world. Diego speaks Spanish to his sister, friends, and you, the viewer. Also, the actors lending their voices are all Latin, including Rose Perez, the voice of Click.
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Families can talk about the similarities in visuals to Dora, with computer game-like interactive animation. Which show do you like better? Why?
Diego also calls upon viewers many times to help him out by saying aloud different things about these animals, often in Spanish. How does the repetition help you learn?
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