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'Dora the Explorer' turns the big 1-0!

Dora_explorer What do you get the girl who's got the world in the palm of her animated hand for her birthday?

Though she doesn't look a day older than 7, Dora Marquez -- the fearless adventurer who has children hypnotized every morning -- on Aug. 14 will celebrate 10 years of "Dora the Explorer." It’s hard to remember when her big, brown eyes and bowl-style haircut weren't part of America's consciousness. Now the pint-sized Latina character seen in more than 100 countries and has been translated into 30 languages.

Such the overachiever, isn't she?

"It's really surprising to see how many kids love Dora," said 14-year-old Caitlin Sanchez, an aspiring actress and singer from New Jersey who began voicing Dora in the show’s fifth season.

"I knew the show was popular when I first started, but I had no idea it was this huge. I see Dora everywhere -- EVERYWHERE. You can't go outside without seeing a kid with a Dora backpack. It's really cute," Sanchez said.

To learn more about the global superstar, check out the Times' Sunday Calendar cover story ... or get out your TV remote this weekend. To commemorate Dora's decade of influence, Nickelodeon will air the TV movie  "Dora's Big Birthday Adventure," featuring guest stars Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo and Hector Elizondo, on Sunday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It will be followed by a 12-minute documentary-style tribute to the preschool icon.

If you want to keep your kiddies occupied for a bit, have them watch these previews:

-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Dora and her best pal, Boots the monkey. Credit: Nickelodeon

Video credit: Nickelodeon

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>>"Dora's Big Birthday Adventure," featuring guest stars Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo and Hector Elizondo

Notice how there are no MEXICANS invited? And yet Mexicans account for 65% of so-called "Latinos". Combined with "Central Americans", that number jumps up to 80%-plus.

"Hollywood" and many Cuban/Puerto Rican opportunists have a long-entrenched habit of riding our numerical majority to further their own careers (J-Lo/Selena...hello?), only to dismount us and spit in our eyes after they have used our eyeballs for viewership.

To those who say "But Dora isn't Mexican!" I say, "Then why the hell is she having adventures in Mayan pyramids?"

Why do you have to politicise everything....who gives a crap if Dora is Salvadorean, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, let the kids have fun. My daughter loves Dora, just like any other little girl and boys as well. You make the Mexican community look more racist than anything else. I married a beautiful brown and proud Mexican, but like her we do not promote this prejudice that many mexicans have towards other latinos/hispanics....I'm from El Salvador, and I personally can tell you that when I crossed the border Mexicans were more racist than anyone I have ever encountered in my life. I was treated like crap in mexico by mexicans who have this bitter hatred towards Central Americans, and you just proved my point, so go with your pro racist crap somewhere else.....

I know a show is good when I kick myself for not creating it. And I've kicked myself over Dora many times. The creators and writers need to take a bow. There aren't many kids TV shows that stay on 10 years. It's more than luck. It's talent and passion! Feliz cumpleanos, Dora.

i am so proud of dora she is the big one-o i always thought she was five or four my little sisters age or something. watch i three going on four . i am realy proud of her when i was little i you to watch the old ones even when the firts one the was ever made . i am very proud of sanches for making with out my little sister would be in my hair every day.


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