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Dora Had a Little Lamb
Airdate Tuesday, August 26, 2003 (VHS and DVD)
Tuesday, October 4, 2005 (Nickelodeon)
Thursday, March 11, 2010 (Nick Jr.)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) 10:30am
Season 3
Episode 23 (airing)
1 (production)
Written by Eric Weiner
Storyboard by:
Jose Silverio
Kuni Tomita
Directed by Sherie Pollack
Previous Dora's Pirate Adventure (for Season 3)
A Crown for King Juan el Bobo (airing order)
Quack! Quack! (production order)
Next Best Friends (for Season 3)
The Mixed-Up Seasons (airing order)
Stuck Truck (production order)

Dora Had a Little Lamb is the 23rd episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 3. If following the Noggin premiere of "To the South Pole", this is the 24th episode of Season 3.

In production order, it is the 1st episode of Season 3.



Mary had a Little Lamb, whose fleece was white as snow, but when the Little Lamb gets lost, Dora and Boots know where to go! Viewers join them as they jump into a big book of Nursery Rhymes to bring Little Lamb home to Mary. Along the way, they'll help nursery rhyme pals pick pickled peppers or climb a waterspout, all while helping Dora catch stars!


Dora and Boots find a giant nursery rhyme book sitting in the middle of the path, when a lost little lamb jumps out of the book. Dora and Boots figure out that the lamb is from the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb". The little lamb says that she is lost and needs help finding her way back to Mary. Dora, Boots, and Little Lamb enter the book into Nursery Rhyme Land. Now they have to check the Map find out how to get Little Lamb home. Map says that they have to go past the waterspout and jump over the moon to find Mary at her own house. Map mentions that there will be some star-catching. Dora, Boots, and Little Lamb were about to go to the waterspout when they heard stars. They catch them, including Glowy, the bright light explorer star, and put them in the star pocket. A soon after, Dora and Boots are ready to take Little Lamb home. They check out other nursery rhymes like Hickory Dickory Dock, Jack-be-Nimble, and Little Miss Muffet. After that, they meet Peter Piper who had a bush of pickled peppers. Peter Piper, Dora, Boots, and Little Lamb pick out picked peppers while stopping Swiper. Afterwards, everyone took a taste on their pickled peppers, including Dora, who admits that she has not tasted a pickled pepper before but it is worth a try. So, she took a bite and realized that she loved it! After their snack, Dora and Boots got going with Little Lamb to the waterspout. The handle turns itself on, and caused a flood. Something had to be done. Luckily, the Itsy Bitsy Spider was there to help. They sing, "Itsy Bitsy Spider" to help the Spider turn off the waterspout. Later, Dora, Boots, and Little Lamb check out more nursery rhymes, like the pig who flew up in the air, Rock-A-Bye Baby, and Jack and Jill. In addition, they found another nursery rhyme called "Humpty Dumpty", who falls off his wall, but they managed to put him back together again by playing a jigsaw puzzle game. After fixing Humpty Dumpty, they head off to find the moon where they check out another nursery rhyme called "Hey Diddle Diddle". They see a cow and hopped onto her. Dora, Boots, and Little Lamb tells the cow to "jump" over the moon in Spanish. After jumping over the moon, it turns dark, but luckily Glowy helped light the way down. After riding the cow over the moon, Dora, Boots, and Little Lamb see 3 boys in a tub-car. They ask them if they can have a ride to Mary's House and they said yes. So they got in and off they went. Along the way to Mary's House, they splash into a mud puddle and got all dirty. Dora checks Backpack for something to get them clean. Backpack had a bar of soap to get everyone clean. Dora gets it out and they clean themselves up by saying "Rub-a-dub-dub". The rubbed their hands, their ears, and their tummies. In no time, they got all clean, including Little Lamb. Soon, the tub arrives at Mary's House. Soon after, Dora, Boots, and Little Lamb jump out of the tub and thanked the three boys for the ride. Dora then rings the doorbell, and Mary comes out. Little Lamb reunites with Mary. The episode ends with Dora and Boots singing "Mary Had a Little Lamb". And of course, everywhere that Mary went, Little Lamb was sure to go!


Places in this episode[]

  1. Waterspout (referred to as just "Water")
  2. Moon
  3. Mary's House


  • Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers
  • Humpty Dumpty's Wall
  • The Three Boys' Motorized Tub

Nursery Rhymes found (in order of appearance)[]

Items in Backpack (clockwise from the top right)[]

  • Rubber duck
  • Flower
  • Flashlight
  • Book
  • Bar of soap (correct item)
  • Banana (wrong item, mentioned by Backpack)

Number of stars[]



This episode can be found on the Rhymes and Riddles VHS and DVD as well as the Dora's Slumber Party DVD


  • This is the 82nd episode of the show (83rd if following the Noggin premiere of "To the South Pole").
  • Dora and Boots start their adventure in a nursery rhyme book.
  • In this episode, Map and Dora just say "Water" rather than just "Waterspout".
  • It is unknown how Swiper, the Fiesta Trio, and the Explorer Stars got into the big book of nursery rhymes and into Nursery Rhyme Land.
  • Dora and Boots only sing the first stanza of the Travel Song in this episode. After that, they look for nursery rhymes in the rest of the song instead of saying "Where are we going?".
  • This episode premiered on Rosh Hashanah 2005.
  • This is the second instance where the Explorer Stars appear just after looking for and before going to the first location, first being The Lost City.
  • Glowy Star makes her first appearance in this episode.
  • The Spanish word for "Jump" was said in 2 different ways.
    • When finding Jack Be Nimble, it was pronounced "Salta", but when telling the cow to jump over the moon, it was pronounced "Salte".
      • The difference between the two is, "Salte" is a little more formal way to say "Jump" than "Salta" is.
  • This is the first episode featuring the 1999-2005 Nick Jr. Productions logo in sped-up motion.
  • Isa, Tico, and Benny don't appear in this episode.
  • Unlike the TV version, the VHS and DVD version of this episode uses the Seasons 1-2 opening. The same thing occurred with The Lost City.
    • This is technically one of the only Season 3 episodes to use the Season 1-2 opening, the other being episode said above.
    • This is the final episode to feature the seasons 1-2 opening in general (unless one counts the home media version. If not, then León, the Circus Lion would be the last to do so).
  • When Dora, Boots, Little Lamb, and the three men in a tub are using the soap, Dora can be seen pulling back her ears and revealing shiny gold earrings.

    Here's proof.

    • Dora's ears were visible for the first time.
  • This is the first episode not to feature Character Find at the end during the end credits in production order.
  • Map no longer sings the I'm the Map song in the Season 1-2 legacy version from now on until the Go, Diego, Go! episode Diego and Dora Help Baby Monarch Get to the Festival. Also, he doesn’t say to the viewer "So you tell Dora". From now on, he says "So remember", despite saying "Now remember" in this episode and Stuck Truck.
    • However, he only sings the last stanza of the song until "¡Por Favor!" (or "To the South Pole" due to it being shown on VHS and DVD before airing on TV).
    • This is the first time in production order Map sings "I'm the Map" 4 times instead of twice followed the Fiesta trio singing "He's the Map" 4 times instead of twice. The only other Season 3 episodes with those happening are in Stuck Truck, Roberto the Robot, Dora's Pirate Adventure (extended version), and Louder! (which features the full version instead of just the last stanza).
    • When Map mentions about star catching, he doesn't say his usual line "Try and catch stars along the way!", he instead says "Don't forget to look for stars along the way!". He says that again in Dora Saves the Game.
    • He also does not say "So remember" before listing the places, he instead says "Now remember".
  • This is the first post-Season 2 episode in production order where the Fiesta Trio do not play their extended fanfare to start We Did It!.
  • This is the only episode where Dora and Boots visit Nursery Rhyme Land, which is very similar to Fairytale Land (which would later be introduced in Dora's Fairytale Adventure), except it is where nursery rhyme characters live.
    • However, there are two more differences between Nursery Rhyme Land and Fairytale Land than just the residing characters:
      • Nursery Rhyme Land is only accessible through the Big Book of Nursery Rhymes, while on the contrary, Fairytale Land is accessible simply through the Fairytale Land Gate by saying the password "Once upon a time".
        • Because of Nursery Rhyme Land being inside a book, the background for it uses the more artsy, abstract, and brighter-colored designs like in most other books, which is contradictory to how the background for Fairytale Land uses the more generic art style for the show.
      • Unlike when they later visited Fairytale Land, Dora and Boots never mention Nursery Rhyme Land by its actual name, though they still referred to Big Book of Nursery Rhymes as such.
  • Starting with this episode, the copyright year reads "2002" which means this season was produced in 2002.
  • The characters who join in on the "We Did It!" song with Dora, Boots, Little Lamb, Mary, the Three Boys, Jack Be Nimble, Peter Piper, Humpty Dumpty, the Cat, and Jack and Jill.
  • Due to political reasons, this is the final Dora the Explorer episode aired in China at the program Comic World in CCTV-14.


  • When Dora starts counting the people who wanted pickled peppers, she counts to 7 but instead of numbers 3-5 being counted, the number 7 is mistakenly counted for instead. It's for how many people want pickled peppers.
  • It is unknown how Dora and Boots got out of the Big Book of Nursery Rhymes/Nursery Rhyme Land.
    • It is possible that they jumped out of the book offscreen, the scenes cut also. Plus, Little Lamb was seen leaving the book at the beginning of the episode.
  • When Dora says, "We're in the big book of nursery rhymes!", three of the things she sees are a straw house in the center with a purple door, a stick house on the right with a square door, and a brick house on the left with a green door from "The Three Little Pigs". But said story is actually a fairy tale and not a nursery rhyme.
  • The Three Boys in a Tub wore hats when they first appeared. However, immediately after the Backpack segment when the boys, Dora, Boots, and Little Lamb start washing themselves, their hats disappear. When they get all clean, the hats come back.

Explorer Star[]

Glowy Star

Dora the Explorer Season 3
The Lost City | Star Catcher | Stuck Truck | Roberto the Robot | ¡Por Favor! | Rescue, Rescue, Rescue! | Save the Puppies! | The Big Potato | What Happens Next? | The Fix-it Machine | Meet Diego! | Baby Dino | Baseball Boots | Boots' Special Day | Boo! | Dora Saves the Game | The Super Silly Fiesta | Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur | Job Day | Louder! | ABC Animals | Dora's Pirate Adventure | Dora Had a Little Lamb | Best Friends | Journey to the Purple Planet | To the South Pole
* - Denotes held-back episode
** - Denotes held-up episode