wandering up and down the toy aisle, i felt so lost. i was shopping for birthday gifts for my 3-year-old niece, but nothing looked just right. no barbies, no bratz, no thank you. but then i spotted dora. i was immediately drawn to her darker skin and choppy hair-do (much like mine when i was a wee lass). she also has a sidekick monkey. we all need a sidekick monkey! i bought a basketload of dora things, bath toys and coloring books, for my niece and i hope she likes them. i like them. i wish i were 3 again, so that i could daydream about exploring and adventuring with her.