Dora the tween Explorer

“Tweenage” Dora the Explorer is moving to the big city, going to middle school and acquiring a new look, but she’ll remain a role model, says Nickelodeon in response to a “Let’s Go: No Makeover for Dora” petition by those already turned off by Dora’s Magic Talking Kitchen, Dora Princess and Dora Babysitter.

What next? Dora the Cheerleader? Dora the fashionista with stylish purse and stilettos? . . . If the original Dora grew up, she wouldn’t be a fashion icon or a shopaholic. She’d develop her map reading … design new ways to bring fresh water to communities in need … become a wildlife preservationist biologist.”

Under pressure, Tween Dora’s new look —  flowered tunic, purple leggings and sandals — was revealed.  Nickelodeon says Dora will solve “mysteries with four new girlfriends related to the environment, wildlife and school.”

The new Dora will be nine to 10 years old. I guess “tweenage” starts early.

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