the Explorer is a new Nick Jr. television show that mimics an
adventure on the computer and introduces kids to some new Spanish
words. Wish on a Star features two fun episodes of the
kid-charming animated show. Each
episode features a new Spanish word for kids to learn, as well as
some assorted basic words that are used in each episode.
In the first episode, Dora and
Boots, her monkey friend, introduce themselves and ask young
viewers if they ever wish on a star. Then, Dora asks viewers to
call upon her backpack, in the interactive fashion that is
characteristic of the series. Which of the six items in her
backpack will help them see very far away? The program pauses long
enough for viewers to make a selection and call it out. But while
Dora and Boots are making their wish, a comet blazes past the
little star in the sky, causing Little Star to plummet to the
ground. This sets up the story of the first episode on the
video--after meeting up with the sad star and making her feel
better with a song, our little explorers need to get the star back
home to the moon. With the help of another object-come-to-life,
the Map, and a chant, "bridge, tree, tall mountain", the
troupe make their way to return Little Star to her home in the
sky. Along the way, assorted challenges face them. For example, in
order to pass the Troll Bridge, kids must count the stars.
In the second episode, Dora reads
a book about wishes, starring adorable creatures named Wizzles.
One of the Wizzles leaps out of the book into Dora's world. The
little Wizzle's three wishes blow away, and the gang needs them in
order to wish the Wizzle back home to his mommy and daddy.
The interactive nature of the show is commendable, as are the
songs and fun animation.
- Teaches kids
problem-solving, navigational, and foreign language
- Bright, cheerful
- We wish there were more
educational lessons incorporated into the program.
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