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"Buenas Noches, Vicita"
Season/Series: 11
Number in season: 3a
Original Airdate: United States June 27, 2007[1]
Canada September 19, 2007[3]
United Kingdom December 7, 2007[2]
Written by: Cusi Cram
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
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"Buenas Noches, Vicita" is the first half of the third episode in the eleventh season of Arthur.


Vicita asks D.W. and Arthur to re-create the story from her lost book.


In the introduction, Arthur gives examples of what people do when they can not fall asleep, e.g. counting sheep (Muffy), reciting the number pi (Brain) or doing homework (Buster). D.W. bangs on the door because Arthur is keeping her awake.

Buenas Noches, Vicita

Vicita goes to bed with her toy llama Raulito. Her father wants to read her her favorite book The Very Magic Mango Tree, but it is gone. Vicita and her parents search the kitchen, the car and the living room, but can not find the book. Mr. Molina reads various other books all night long. In the morning, both parents have fallen asleep, but Vicita is still awake.

Vicita is too tired to play the next day at preschool, so D.W. asks Brain to lecture her on the sleep cycle. Instead of boring Vicita to sleep, the lecture worries her.

On the preschool playground, the Tibbles tell Vicita about how they chase each other through the house until they fall asleep from exhaustion.

At the Molina house, Buster tries hypnosis on Vicita to make her fall asleep, but falls asleep himself. When Vicita tells Arthur and D.W. about the book, they realize that she knows it by heart. They make a copy of the book with paper cutouts and Arthur writes down the story.

In the evening, Mr. Molina reads the story. It tells how the boy Uaica runs into the jungle because the other boys tease him. He meets some animals eating mangoes which make them fall asleep. Uaica climbs up the mango tree and eats a mango. He dreams of Jaguar Man, who teaches him the ways of the jaguar. After that, he is never teased again.

At the end of the story, Vicita finds she is still awake, because Uaica is still up in the tree. She has a dream in which she and Raulito, now a talking animal, are in Uaica's jungle. She asks a sloth for directions, but misunderstands him so she ends up at a Magic Mango Tree that keeps you awake. A macaw carries both to the right tree, even though Raulito hates to fly. Vicita has to save Raulito from a caiman that wants to eat him. After that they see Uaica, who cannot get down from the tree because he is afraid of heights. Raulito tells him that he just flew on a macaw despite being afraid both of heights and real animals. They encourage Uaica to climb down one branch at a time and to eat a mango. The dream takes a dark turn at the very end when Vicita realizes Raulito is missing (with the strong implication that he was eaten).

Vicita wakes up in the morning and is unable to find Raulito in her bed as well. Her father finds both the llama and The Very Magic Mango Tree under Vicita's pillow. He offers to read it that night, but Vicita now has the story in her head.






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Broadcast date(s) Channel aired
  • June 27th, 2007

PBS 1998

PBS Kids Dash (1999)


  • January 3rd, 2008

PBS Kids Dash (1999)


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