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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Dora the Explorer grows up -- but where's Boots?



It was just back in 1999 when Dora the Explorer hit the airwaves. The little Mom_dora1 Spanish girl and her monkey friend Boots would go on myriad adventures and takes kids along for the ride. While doing so, they taught them about computers and threw in a little Spanish lesson.

Mom_dora_2Now, after being 5 years old for nearly 10 years and fresh off winning an NAACP Image Award, Dora is growing up. Although her new look won't be officially unveiled until fall, here is a silhouette of the tweenager.

The M-shaped hair and round face are gone! And she's got legs. According to Nickelodeon and Mattel, tweenage Dora has moved to the big city, attends middle school and has a new fashionable look. Do you think there will be Dora clothes and a cartoon for girls ages 5 and up, the target group for this new line? You betcha!

Dora's Explorer Girls, as the new line will be known, will have fashion dolls and an interactive component so that her fans can continue to learn more about  computers. By plugging the doll into a computer, girls can explore, play games, customize and solve mysteries with Dora and her new friends.

Here's the first mystery new Dora and her new friends can solve: Where's  Boots? Has he been kicked to the curb in Dora's move to the big city? Stay tuned.

-- Sherry Robinson

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:59am]


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