Introducing a Latina heroine and incorporating Spanish words into the show curriculum turned out to be an ingenious and consequential move! As Dora turned into a household name around the world, kids began to learn about language and culture, and a flood of preschoolers' shows have introduced Spanish words and characters in the wake of Dora's success. Now, after eight years on the air, Dora the Explorer continues to lead as the number-one-rated preschool series on all of commercial television (according to Nickelodeon).
In light of the continued popularity of the show, Nickelodeon will introduce an all-new season of Dora the Explorer with a new voice cast. Premiering September 15, 2008, season five of Dora the Explorer features new episodes and the new voice of Dora -- 12-year-old Caitlin Sanchez. Caitlin was born in New Jersy to Cuban-American parents. She loves acting and speaks fluent Spanish. Caitlin's version of Dora sounds slightly different than the original, but it probably would have taken me a while to notice it if I hadn't already known about the change.
The new season will also expand the cultural focus of the show and place added emphasis on basic mathematical concepts. In each episode, Dora will meet a friend from a different cultural background who will teach her something useful. Additionally, Dora will introduce viewing kids to multi-word Spanish phrases. ¡Que bien!