El Coquí
Airdate Wednesday, May 2, 2001
Season 1
Episode 21
Previous Dora Saves the Prince
Next The Chocolate Tree
El Coquí is the 21st episode of Dora the Explorer from season 1.



Dora and Boots must help a little frog, a coquí, who is lost and cannot sing until he's at his home.


Dora & Boots were reading a book about animals and what sounds they make. The top button went "Moo, Moo" and it was a cow. The middle button played the sound of a rooster crowing. When the bottom button was pressed it went "Coquí, Coquí!". A Coquí is a kind of Puerto Rican frog that sings. Dora & Boots were taken by surprise when an actual Coquí frog hopped on their hands and hopped onto solid ground. The Coquí had a guitar around his neck. The Coquí tried to sing a song to Dora & Boots, but his voice was too raspy to sing. Boots blinked his eyes twice and told Dora that he can't sing. Dora explained that according to the book, Coquí lives on a beautiful island. If he leaves the island and is away from his family & friends, he gets sick and he can't sing.

So, Dora & Boots decided to take Coquí home to his own island. They checked the map and he says that they had to go through an echo bush, across the ocean to get to Coquí's Island. As Dora & Boots were on their way to take Coquí home, they had to watch out for Swiper the fox. Dora, Boots & Coquí did so and said "Swiper no swiping" 3 times and Swiper ran away. After Dora said "Vamonos", a voice said "vamonos" too. Dora, Boots & Coquí were at the echo bush. Every time Dora & Boots say out something, the echo bush repeats what they said. Dora & Boots got through the echo bush by saying "ahhh" so that the echo bush would open it's mouth wide so they can go through. Dora, Boots & Coquí continue down the path and approach the ocean. Now, they had to figure out how to get across the ocean. There was fog out there making it hard to see anything but as the fog cleared away, they saw a red boat. Señor Tucán was driving the boat and was glad to take Dora, Boots & Coquí to Coquí's Island but they must get tickets to ride the boat. There was a ticket machine that said "una moneda por favor" twice which meant "one coin please" in Spanish.

Dora checks her backpack for coins. The kind of coins that Dora, Boots and Coquí need are colored red with 5 dots. Dora gets out those coins and inserts them one at a time or individually. Then she pulled on the handle and out came 3 tickets with a picture of a boat on it, one for Dora, one for Boots, and one for Coquí. Señor Tucán calls out "Todos abordo, apurense" Which means All aboard, now hurry" and Dora, Boots and Coquí hurried onto the boat. After getting on the boat, the fog came back and it was hard to see right through it. Boots hopes that they don't bump into any boats. Suddenly, Coquí opens his eyes wide and points to something in the ocean. Dora and Boots and Coquí saw a big purple ship and it was coming towards them. Dora and Boots and Coquí have to tell the ship to watch out, or it'll bump into them! Dora tries waving her arms back & forth and saying "cuidado, cuidado" meaning "watch out, watch out" but the ship was still coming towards them. Dora, Boots, Coquí and Señor Tucán joined in to warn the big purple ship. They put their arms out and waved them back and forth and then said "cuidado" a couple of times.

Then the ship honks its horn and changes direction to avoid bumping. Dora, Boots & Coquí made it across the ocean. They were getting close to taking Coquí home to his own island. They were almost at Coquí's Island, but the boat couldn't get close enough to the island because there were a lot of rocks in the water. Coquí had an idea, he decided to jump across the rocks. So, Dora & Boots got off the boat and started jumping across the rocks and in no time Coquí was home thanks to Dora & Boots. Now that Coquí was home, his voice was back to normal and he started singing. Coquí's family & friends sang along with Coquí. And then Dora & Boots decided to joined in. They also invite the viewer to sing along, too. After Coquí finishes singing, he gives Dora & Boots a kiss and they lifted Coquí into his tree with his friends. And that is how Dora & Boots brought Coquí home to his island.



Places in episode

  1. Echo Bush
  2. Ocean
  3. Coquí's Island


  • This episode is based on a Puerto Rican folktale about the legendary singing creature.
  • This episode aired on the "Dora Saves the Prince" VHS tape and the "Pirate Adventure" DVD.
  • When Dora tells the viewer to help her stop Swiper, the background is taken from Three Little Piggies.
  • Isa, Benny, and Tico don't appear in this episode.
  • This is the 21st episode of the show.
  • This is the last episode to find Isa.
  • The Fiesta Trio played their original fanfare three times in this episode.
  • When Dora and Boots ride on Señor Tucán's ship, they do not wear lifejackets (so they can be safe), due to it being large and not needed to be rowed.
  • Coquí sounds really similar and a lot like the word "cookie".


Character Find

Isa the Iguana

Dora the Explorer Season 1
The Legend of the Big Red Chicken | Lost and Found | Hic-Boom-Ohhh! | Beaches | We All Scream for Ice Cream | Choo-Choo! | Treasure Island | Three Little Piggies | Big River | Berry Hunt | Wizzle Wishes | Grandma's House | Surprise! | Sticky Tape | Bouncing Ball | Backpack | Fish Out of Water | Bugga Bugga | Little Star | Dora Saves the Prince | El Coquí | Chocolate Tree | Te Amo | Pablo's Flute | To The Treehouse | Call Me Mr. Riddles
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