Dora the Explorer is a 7 year old, Latino girl. Dora uses her knowledge of the Spanish language to communicate with her friends, overcome obstacles and reach her goals. In each episode, Dora teaches the viewers a Spanish word or phrase and then asks them to use it to help solve a problem. The show is often accompanied by a variety of Dora's friends -- Isa the Iguana, Boots the monkey, Benny the Bull, the Fiesta Trio (a bug band), Señor Tucán, Tico (I was not sure what Tico was but Monica and her son wrote to let me know that it is a squirrel...Thanks!), Swiper the Fox and Dora's Map and Backpack (which have have faces and personalities).
Dora's world resembles an animated computer game. A curser arrow points at possible answers to questions and the right answer is announced with a clicking sound.
Dora helps children in the toddler and preschool age group learn colors, counting, and words in Spanish and English. Young viewers are urged to participate in a variety of ways including shouting out words and reminding the characters of certain tasks.
Latin culture is represented through the main character, the Spanish language and Latin music.