~I received a copy of the DVD to facilitate this review. Opinions and stories are my own or my family’s.~
I don’t know a single parent that doesn’t know Caillou, but just in case you are one of the few that hasn’t ‘met’ him I will introduce you! Caillou was originally a book series created by Christine L’Heureux that became a Canadian children’s series and later debuted in the US on PBS. It has since moved to PBS Kids.
Caillou is a 4 year old boy who lives with his Mommy, Daddy and 2 year old sister Rosie. The show is narrated mostly in the voice of his Grandma and shares his adventures as he explores the world around him, using his imagination to understand daily events just as any child would. He attends preschool, where he has lots of different friends and also loves visiting his Grandma and Grandpa.
Caillou – Big Kid Caillou features six episodes which began airing in March this year. These include:
- Big Kid Caillou: When Caillou’s older friend Andre comes over for a play date, Caillou learns a lesson about the importance of not hiding who you really are.
- Caillou’s Glasses: Caillou realizes how important good vision is after making a pretend pair of glasses.
- Caillou’s Dance Party: Caillou learns there’s more than one way to do things when Miss Martin throws a dance party at preschool.
- Helping Mrs. Howard: Caillou comes to realize that friendship is often the best form of help, when Mrs. Howard sprains her ankle.
- Caillou’s Fun Run: Caillou learns that not every race is about winning when he and Grandpa enter a charity ‘fun run’.
- The New Girl: When a new girl arrives at preschool, Caillou decides to welcome her after remembering what it was like to be the new boy.
There are also Special DVD Features:
- Message to Parents
- About Caillou
- How Kids Relate to Caillou
- Is Caillou Appropriate for My Preschooler
- Coloring Pages and Activities
Tot really loves Caillou and can relate to him really well since he is a 4 year old boy that also goes to preschool. Watching the episodes on Big Kid Caillou reminded me of when I watched the show with my oldest at the same age, both being so absorbed in the amusement of seeing where Caillou’s imagination would take them.
Many of the episodes on the DVD deal with differences and being okay with who you are, with not winning or being new to something. These are some of the greatest lessons we teach our children and at such an early age it helps to have a little friend on the same level of understanding. The original books that became the episodes had a team of child development specialists who made sure that the information was accurate from the child’s perspective. I found that although some parts of Caillou were a tad odd to me as a parent, it was specially designed not for parents, but for our little ones who can relate to him.
Connect: You can learn more about Caillou, the show and the books, on Chouette Publishing. Find games, coloring pages, activities and air times for future episodes on PBS Kids Caillou.
Purchase: You can also purchase Caillou – Big Kid Caillou in the PBS Shop for $9.99. By purchasing through PBS Shop instead of other retailers, you are helping to support innovative and educational programming for all of us.