Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dora's Christmas Carol DVD by Nickelodeon Review

Have your kids already asked you to sit down and make a holiday list?  Here is one more item to add! Dora the Explorer: Dora's Christmas Carol is a wonderful holiday DVD that will be a hit for the whole family! 

The movie begins with Dora and her friends preparing for Christmas Eve, or a Nochebuena party. Swiper the Fox arrives and steals the star off of the tree, which places him on Santa's naughty list. Santa gives Swiper a chance to fix his mistakes.  Dora tries to help Swiper get off of Santa's naughty list and learn what Christmas is all about.  Dora must help Swiper travel through the past, present and future if they are to learn the true meaning of Christmas.  You will quickly realize that this is an adaptation of Dickens', A Christmas Carol.  Dora and Swiper visit the past when Dora’s friends were still babies and when Dora was a little girl.  You will also visit the future and see Dora as a young teenage girl and Swiper as an old fox.

In Dora fashion, she must solve a problem during the movie. Dora is interactive with your child and she encourages completing simple math skills, answering riddles about Christmas figures like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, and finding hidden objects in a picture. 

I love that this movie emphasizes the importance of friendship and having people in your life to help you, all while learning the value of giving to others during the holiday season.  The joy of receiving presents is also explored, which pre-schoolers easily relate too.

There are also special features at the end of the main program.  You will find a "Jingle Bells" music video, a "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" music video, and the Young People's Chorus Behind the Scenes Featurette. 

I am always impressed by the programming that is inherent  in the Dora the Explorer series.  Your children will learn language skills (both English and Spanish), cognitive skills, and physical skills.

I highly recommend this DVD for young pre-schoolers.  This DVD will make an excellent holiday stocking stuffer, that is not only educational, but entertaining, especially for kids who love Dora the Explorer!

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure runs for 52 minutes and can be purchased for around $14.99.

Nickelodeon provided me with the item reviewed above in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine

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