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Music Review: Dora the Explorer – Dora’s Christmas

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Dora The Explorer is ringing in the Holidays with her newest CD Dora's Christmas. This holly, jolly CD features Christmas Classics like "Deck the Halls", "Jingle Bells", and "Feliz Navidad". Also included on this snowy sensation are Bonus Tracks from Dora's Holiday Movie Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure. You'll want to make sure Swiper doesn't swipe this CD!

Along with fun tunes on this Sony Label album, kids will enjoy the great bonus content also on this disk. Bring fun wall papers, lyrics, and a Dora's Christmas Carol mini video to life using a computer CD drive.

This CD's insert features the usual song information, but also includes a festive Feliz Navidad/Christmas game board and pieces. For those of you not wanting to cut your insert please note there is a great printable version in the Bonus Content.

For those of you looking for the more traditional versions of well-known Christmas songs, you'll have to look elsewhere. When I first listened to the CD with my daughter, I was expecting the songs to be the original version but of course sung by Dora.

Dora incorporates fun friends from her show into her songs relating to the kids who follow her show. Dora's version of "Deck the Halls" mentions some of her best friends, "See Boots the Monkey jump before us. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la Big Red Chicken joins the chorus. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la."

As expected Dora also includes great learning opportunities by including Spanish into many of the songs on this album including "Here Comes Santa Claus."

"Here comes Santa Claus, Aquí viene Santa Claus, To visit me and my friends, Everyone’s waitin’, anticipatin’, As his sleigh comes round the bend. Bells are ringin', Boots is singin', All is merry and bright. So hang your stockings on Nochebuena, 'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight." I'd expect nothing less from this Hispanic sweetheart.

If your child is a Nickelodeon fan they will adore this exciting CD not only because it features voices from Dora the Explorer, but also friends from The Backyardigans, and Go, Diego, Go!

Kids will recognize the "Dora The Explorer Christmas Theme" which is a jingle bell filled version of the original Dora Theme song. Parents will love that it features the Young People's Chorus of New York City.

After I got over my initial shock of the "Dora-fied" words, my daughter and I were dancing around the living room enjoying the upbeat song, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree". So if you're like me you may want to listen to the album once through, sample it online, and once you buy it just have fun with your kids. Dora's Christmas is a really fun CD for kids who love Dora the Explorer to be able to enjoy Christmas with singing, and silliness.

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  • http://www.miciahspeaks.blogspot.com/ Miciah

    Personally, I’m quite excited that Dora is putting an original spin on these Christmas carols! A cover is never quite memorable unless it gives you something to remember* Capesh? :)

    Great review! I am now considering this album as a Christmas present for one of my siblings.

  • http://www.mommybknowsbest.blogspot.com MommyB

    Thanks Miciah, after my initial “shock” (I’m so traditional sometimes,) my daughter who’s 2.5 and I were having a fun time listening to all the different styles and being silly. I hope your sibling enjoys it as much as we did.

  • http://methodicalmusing.blogspot.com/ Daniel Terracina

    Jessica Alba dressed up as Dora the Explorer for Halloween this year. I wonder if she was aware of how timely her costume was with this CD release.