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Little Star
Airdate Monday, May 21, 2001 (Nickelodeon)

Tuesday, June 5, 2001 (VHS)
Friday, April 18, 2003 (Noggin)
Tuesday, October 7, 2003 (DVD)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (Sleepytime Stories DVD)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 (Dora's Slumber Party DVD)

U.S. Premiere Time (est.) 8:00pm
Season 1
Episode 21 (airing)
18 (production)
Written by Eric Weiner
Storyboard by:
Kelly Kennedy
Ty Schafrath
Directed by Ken Kessel
Previous To The Treehouse (airing order)
Fish Out of Water (production order)
Next Call Me Mr. Riddles (airing order)
Backpack! (production order)

Little Star is the 21st episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 1.

In production order, it is the 18th episode of Season 1.



Dora and Boots want to make a wish on Little Star, the first star in the night sky. But suddenly, a speedy comet accidentally drops Little Star and she falls right to the earth! With the viewer's help, Dora and Boots set out to rescue the Little Star and bring her back home to her friend the Moon above the Tall Mountain, so that everyone can make their bedtime wishes!


Tonight, Dora and Boots were outside at night looking at the moon and next to it was Little Star, who happened to be the first star in the sky. The problem is that they can't see Little Star because she's far away, so get a telescope out of Backpack to get a better look. As they look through it to see them, Dora and Boots started make a wish on the star, but before they could finish, a comet comes out of nowhere and knocks Little Star out of the sky. Dora and Boots later find her crying and they sing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" to cheer her up. As soon as she heard the song, she stopped crying and swayed from side to side. After the song, Dora and Boots introduced themselves to Little Star and told them they were just about to make their wishes. Now, she had to get back into the sky with the moon so that everyone can make their wishes. Dora and Boots decided to help. There was just one problem: they do not where the moon is, so they ask the Map for help. He said that the moon is above a tall mountain. Before they can get there, they had to cross the troll bridge and go past Tico's Treehouse. As Dora, Boots, and Little Star approach the troll bridge, the troll had a riddle. It went like this: "Star light, Star bright, can you see the stars so bright? Star light, star bright, how many stars are here tonight?". So they had to count the stars. At first, they counted ten stars, but later realized that they forgot to count Little Star. So they did a recount. They count all the stars, including Little Star which makes a total of eleven. Soon after, the Grumpy Old Troll lets them cross his bridge. They cross it right away. As Dora, Boots, and Little Star made it to Tico's treehouse, Tico was wondering where Little Star was and Dora says that she is with her and mentions that she and Boots are on their way to bring her home. Suddenly, they hear Swiper, who is planning to swipe Little Star. They did not stop him in time, so he swipes Little Star and tosses her up in the tree. Tico climbs up to rescue Little Star by jumping over branches. After that, he goes back down with Little Star. So far, Dora, Boots, and Little Star went across the Troll Bridge and past Tico's treehouse. Now they have to go to the Tall Mountain. Once they climbed up, the Moon told Little Star to hurry because it was getting late. They need to find a way to get Little Star up to the Moon. Sure enough, Boots had an idea, he thought he and Dora can throw Little Star back up into the night sky with the moon. With help from the viewer, they all cupped their hands and counted to three. "One, two, three!", they counted and up Little Star goes. In no time, she made it all the way back to the moon. The episode ends with Dora, Boots, their friends, and even the viewer making their wishes on the star. After that, Little Star made her own wish: she wishes that everyone's wishes come true.


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Places in this episode[]

  1. Troll Bridge
  2. Tico's Tree
  3. Tall Mountain

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

  • Jack-in-the-box
  • Mirror
  • Strainer
  • Blue crayon
  • Maracas
  • Telescope (correct item)


This episode was featured on the Wish on a Star VHS, and Meet Diego!, Sleepy time Stories!, and Dora's Slumber Party on DVD.


  • This is the first episode for the setting to set to night.
  • This Dora and Boots' 4th time to meet Grumpy Old Troll and the only time where Little Star goes over the troll bridge.
  • Although this episode premiered in 2001, it was actually produced in 2000 according to the credits, and it is the last episode (in TV airing order) to do so.
  • This is the first episode (in both airing and production order) where Swiper swiped someone instead of something (in this episode, it was Little Star).
    • Not only that, this is also the first episode where Swiper mentions the object he swiped (by saying "you'll never find the (object) now!") instead of saying "you'll never find it now!".
  • This is one of two episodes where Swiper reveals where he hid the item he swiped. He said he hid Little Star somewhere in Tico's Tree. It will happen again in ABC Animals.
  • A picture of Dora and Boots bringing Little Star back home to the moon will later be seen in the Season 2 episode "To the Monkey Bars".
  • This is the 20th episode of the show.
  • This is one of the few episodes to premiere on Nickelodeon instead of the Nick Jr. block.
  • This is the 1st episode that is the same name as the character.
  • This is the 3rd episode where the Fiesta Trio don't say the last place after Dora and Boots ask "Where are we going?" during the Travel Song. Instead, Little Star says it.
  • The We Did It! Song from this episode is featured in Dance and Sing! The Best of Nick Jr.
  • This is the third episode where someone other than Boots asks "Where do we go next" to start the Picture Pop-Up Sequence, first being Backpack!, in which Backpack asks it, and second being Fish Out of Water, in which Baby Red Fish asked it. In this episode, Little Star asks the question after crossing the Troll Bridge and passing Tico's Tree.
  • This is 100% the FIRST, first time ever the Grumpy Old Troll smiles during his I'm the Grumpy Old Troll! song. Though, he only smiled until his "Who's there?!!!" line.
    • He would later start smiling permanently throughout his whole song in the 5th season in 2008.
  • When Tico made his wish to Little Star ("Quiero muchas nueces" (Spanish for "I want lots and lots of nuts")), the audio is taken from Wizzle Wishes.
  • This is one of the four episodes that aired during Dora's Super Star Week (this episode played on March 13, 2007). The other three are Star Mountain (March 12 and 16), Star Catcher (March 14), and ¡Por Favor! (March 15).
  • The sky behind Dora and Boots during the Favorite Parts segment was taken from The Legend of the Big Red Chicken.
  • The animations from the Travel Song were recycled from Wizzle Wishes, with Little Star taking the place of the Wizzle. Also, Dora and Boots jump once instead of repeatedly.


  • At the beginning of the credits, Map is blue.
  • During the "I'm the Map" song, Map's dancing animation seems out of sync, however his singing voice remains the same.
  • Although Little Star is female, she was referred to as a male at the beginning of the episode.
  • It is unknown how the picture of Dora and Boots bringing Little Star home (shown in To the Monkey Bars) was in Dora's photo album when there was actually no one taking the picture.
  • In episodes such as Wizzle Wishes, The Big Storm, and A Letter for Swiper, Tico actually lives in a tree in the Nutty Forest. It is unknown if he lives in multiple trees or if the treehouse is just a place where he sleeps.
  • In real life, stars can't:
    • Fall from the sky
    • Cry
    • Walk
    • Talk
    • Be held or thrown
      • However, it does not apply here due to cartoon logic.
  • It is impossible to throw a star up the moon, although it does not apply here due to cartoon logic.

Character Find[]

  • Baby Blue Bird
  • Señor Tucán (Little Star VHS and Meet Diego! DVD only)


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