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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Dora the Explorer

Of all the egregiously commercial commodities that pass off as children's television, the one I object to least is DOOOOORA, the EXPLOR-A.

This is why I cope remarkably well when DD#2 has a DOORRA marathon and does the whole interactive I-know-what's-coming-next routine. At least it lives up to its claims of being educational -- a few multiple choice questions here and a little singing there, all the while enticing young minds toward the dark side of merchandising. And if that isn't enough to convince wavering parents of the show's educational credentials, DOORRA is also bilingual.

With the perennial non-descript bob that DOORRA spots, the young latin american export even bears a passing resemblance to my offspring. So what's not to like. Furthermore, unlike Barbie, she has a healthy body size and there's no chance my girls would ever descend into an eating disorder watching DOORRA and her pet monkey exploring and chanting "Swiper no swiping", true?

I have a friend, a fellow mother, who claims not to care for DOORRA because she has a tendency to SHOUT... I shrug my weary shoulders and think... isn't that what girls do as a matter of course? Hey, I have to pick my battles. There are days, admittedly, when it's tedious, bordering on embarrassing, when DD#2 goes into a gleeful fit the moment DOORRA merchandising comes into full view of her watchful eyes. This is almost always followed by a well-timed cry, "Mummy, it's Backpack!"

Only in the world of a 3 year old, can a purple bag be a media superstar.


  1. True - a bilingual, healthy, educational non-Barbie is a step in the right direction.

  2. Thanks for commenting, Trish.
    I'm just glad there are alternatives to Barbie out there.


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