Max loves Dora. When it’s time for bed, he always lifts one finger and says “One Dora!” meaning the TV show, to which I reply, “We will read one Dora book.”
He runs to his bedroom, grabs the first Dora book he can find, and jumps into bed with it. We added to his collection recently at Half Price Books when we found a little Nick.com carrying case with six books inside – three Doras and three Backyardigan stories.
Both sets of characters go on their own pirate adventure, and in Dora’s, she and her friends must sail over the seven seas (count to seven!) and through the Singing Bridge (complete the song!) to get to Treasure Island, where the Pirate Piggies have taken the friends’ dress up treasure chest, thinking it’s gold.
When Dora gets to the Singing Bridge, she has to help the new friend sing the right words to Row, Row, Row Your Boat. The Singing Bridge sings “Life is but a bowl of spaghetti” and Dora sings back to him “a dream”.
Well, my son is silly. He doesn’t want to sing it the right way. Instead, he sings:
Row, row, row boat [pause] MEATBALLS!
And then he giggles uproariously.
I’m sure most parents are familiar with Dora, but we are so indebted to the show and character for erasing meltdowns that I felt I had to review it at least once. Some of the things Dora teaches Max – in these books and in the show – are teamwork, counting, and Spanish.
Max had our block smiling at him last night as he counted bottle rockets (un, too, ee, or, ive!). We practice counting with him, too, but I have to say Dora had a hand in his learning his numbers!
Dora’s Pirate Adventure, as well as Dora’s Fairy Tale Adventures and Dora’s Dance to the Rescue, all deserve 5 snacks: