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Dora the Explorer is constantly taking hikes... that's what she does. Multiple times each day, she goes over the bumpy bridge, across the lazy river and through the purple mountains. The problem is, she is still taking these trips on my TV, in my living room, year after year, and my kids don’t seem to tire of her.
For the most part, my daughter has moved on from the preschooler programming to more girlie programs -- like Barbie movies -- and to more witty shows --like Phineas and Ferb -- but she just can’t say adios to Dora and her monkey, Boots. I have to say, I’m ready to open a new chapter.
I don’t know what it is about Dora. Her hair? Her asexuality? Her backpack? Something I can’t quite put my finger on mesmerizes children for years after they’ve lost interest in other preschool programs. With my son I thought it was a fluke that he enjoyed the show for so long. I assumed it was the video game format or the responsibility he felt to scream “Swiper no swiping,” but now I realize there is something universally enthralling about Dora the Explorer to all children. I just hope she packs up her backpack soon and treks elsewhere, because when she’s on the screen I feel like an angry troll.
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