"Dora the Explorer" is now Jersey girl

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - November 23, 2008

Sanchez is the new voice of "Dora The Explorer," one of the world's most popular cartoons for preschoolers.

The Bergen County girl has always enjoyed music and acting, but she never expected to be talking to Boots the Monkey, Swiper the Fox and other characters who appear regularly on Dora's cartoon adventures.

Sanchez is the first cast change in Dora's voice since the Nickelodeon cable show debuted in 2000. Tthe original voice of Dora, Kathleen Herles, is now 17 and in college.

The show is broadcast worldwide and translated in 24 languages, entertaining millions of preschoolers.

Sanchez, of Fairview, has been acting professionally for nearly five years.

On the show, the 7-year-old Latina heroine and her band of animal friends take their audience along on quests in an imaginative, tropical world.

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