Dora is a true heroine--an Indiana Jones for the preschool set. She is a born explorer, always eager for the next adventure. Though she's only seven, she serves as something of a big sister to her best friend, Boots, and to the viewer as well. With her pride in being bilingual, her respect for her elders, her growing understanding of her culture and heritage, and her love for storytelling and music, Dora embodies the Latina spirit.
Boots is a 5 year old furry monkey and Dora's best friend. He's like a worshipful younger brother. Sweet and loving, he likes to hold Dora's hand. Unlike Dora, Boots sometimes makes wrong choices and gets discouraged. When he is feeling down, he always bounces back quickly with one of his flips. No one can make Dora laugh the way Boots can. He's the best friend you always wanted.
Backpack is a friend who accompanies Dora on all her adventures. Just like Dora, Backpack can speak both Spanish and English. Backpack is a real go-getter with a can-do spirit. As Backpack says in her signature song, "Anything that you might need, I've got inside for you." From binoculars to sticky tape, Backpack's loaded up with everything Dora might need for her quest--though it's up to the viewer to pick out the item that will solve the problem at hand.
A funny, bouncy rolled-up Map that lives inside Backpack's side pocket and peeks out whenever we call "Map!" Map speaks English and is an incredibly useful helper for our young explorers because he always knows where to go and how to get there. Whenever Dora asks us to check the Map for directions, he plots out our journey with a simple graphic that shows our route.