We avoided Dora as long as possible. We knew an end to the no-Dora era was coming to a close when she came home from a visit to Grandma Didi's house with Dora Pj's, which became her favorite. Then, she started Spanish classes at school and they use Dora to teach the kids spanish. So when we asked Alice one day what she wanted to watch and she enthusiatically yelled "DORI" we knew it was over.
Every since she has started watching Dora, she has not wanted to watch a single movie...no Totoro, no Iron Giant, no Anastasia. Although we dreaded Alice succumbing to the Dora bandwagon, we have noticed some benefits to her watching the show. She is getting better at counting, following directions and answering questions. She has also started to create her own Dora pretend games. We take turns playing "Swiper de Box" (she has a hard time saying Fox) and Alice and Daddy create maps to follow to find the items Swiper takes.
Maybe I'm just trying to rationalize how something we dreaded but could not avoid, could actually turn out to be something beneficial and educational for Alice...and therefore was not as loathsome as we feared ;-)