When I first heard the news that Nick/Mattel was going to "grow up" Dora to a tween, I thought interesting strategy. I thought perhaps they were going for the Bratz market, although I hoped that they wouldn't turn her into a tart. Apparently, many mothers were worried about the same thing. With the initial silhouette released in the news, who could blame them. She does look a little "tarty." I think Nick/Mattel planned to keep a lid on the redesign, other than the "tease silhouette." After some concerns from Moms, they released what she really looks like and I am now a little hopeful.
My oldest daughter (age 7)has outgrown Dora and informs me "that is for babies." My middle boy (age 4) is only interested in Diego. And my youngest daughter (age 2.5) is still in love with the original. I like her watching the original. I want her to continue to watch the original. I also like the idea of a sort of older version to appeal to my oldest and continue some of the value in the original. I hope it will continue to progress her understanding of the Latin culture (and other cultures) and the Spanish language. Perhaps map reading skills and problem solving logic could be done at a higher level. Hopefully, this will be done without injecting the attitude that sometimes comes with the tween shows. I have high hopes for this transition. I have high hopes that there is a way to continue the older (younger?) Dora as well without confusing my two year old. Can Nick/Mattel pull this all off? Time will tell.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Good News. My Name is Not Isabella has been named a semi-finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Contest for the children's picture book category.
If this keeps up, I will have to straighten up my virtual trophy case.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I am going to dive right in and share the good news.
I am booked.
I have three upcoming engagements in March to read "My Name is Not Isabella." I have been working on an entertaining presentation. Thinking about what I will say. Making little props to go along with the show. I am excited and nervous.
Here is information on my first library appearance.
Tuesday March 3, 2009 7:00 PM Cedar Room of Santa Clara City Library
Be there or be square!