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How good is your preschooler's hearing? Nick Jr. staple and hero to the under 5-set, Dora the Explorer may sound a little different the next time she appears on your television.
Brand-new episodes begin airing Monday, September 15 featuring a new voiceover cast with 12-year-old Caitlin Sanchez as the voice of the spunky explorer. Child development experts say that most preschoolers and parents won't notice the difference in voices. (Anyone else remember the big hubbub when Steve left Blues Clues?)
Along with the change in voices, the "Dora" format will feature some minor changes, including using more math to solve problems, teaching preschoolers multi-word Spanish phrases and a new segment where Dora will meet a new friend from a different cultural background.
In related news, Nickelodeon has announced that "Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys," will stop in 40 cities across the United States in 2009. The last Dora "Lost Toys" U.S. tour was seen by more than 1.2 million people during its 2003-2004 run. The "Dora the Explorer Live!" shows have grossed more than $85 million in sales worldwide, traveled to more than 255 markets across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Southeast Asia and have been seen by 2.7 million kids and parents.
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