Dora the Explorer is a 2000 animated series for preschool kids on the Nickelodeon TV channel about Dora, a young Latina girl (voiced by a young Latina girl named Kathleen Herles) and her sidekick Boots, a talking monkey, who venture forth on various simple but important quests. Some more recently produced episodes have included Dora's cousin Diego (Felipe Dieppa), an intrepid young animal rescue worker, as a partner in the adventures. The episodes are used to demonstrate and practice skills such as decision-making, following directions, math skills, music, physical coordination, and Anglo-Spanish bilingualism. The show uses a number of anthropomorphic props, notably Dora's backpack and map, as well as railroad trains and automobiles which have speaking roles.

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