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"I'm just a kid who's four, each day I grow some more," is the opening line for the theme song from "Caillou." The show is dedicated to informing and entertaining preschoolers everywhere. Caillou goes through his everyday adventures from the perspective of a young kid, learning and growing along the way.

Joining Caillou are his sister Rosie, Daddy and Mommy. Grandma and Grandpa have big roles as well. Extended friends like Leo and Clementine come into his life through the preschool Caillou attends. The show appeals to young children because of its realism and simple, colorful animation.

Caillou's adventures see him learn how to take care of his pet cat Gilbert and begin to take on other responsibilities around the house. He invites children viewing the show to come along with him on journeys near and far. A family road trip or a day in the garden are given equal treatment as valid for children and adults.

Episodes are interspersed with bits of his imagination. Caillou might be driving a firetruck with his Leo or operating heavy equipment. The imagination segments are very effective, exploring how children develop their understanding of the world through imaginative daydreaming and role play.

In a world of children's television programming that too often relies on over-the-top animation or action to entertain, watching Caillou learn to understand his world through creative imagination is a welcome relief. Parents can rest assured that Caillou and his family and friends will provide hours of educational entertainment. It's important to the development of cognitive reasoning for children to learn how to weave fantasy and reality together.

Caillou began as a series of children's books written in French. Some of the stories were animated into five-minute shorts that aired on Canadian television. The success of the shorts prompted development of longer story lines and an eventual collaboration with PBS to translate episodes into English. Overall, four seasons of Caillou have been produced to date. Caillou airs on PBS and Sprout in the United States.

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Wednesday 9:00 AM et/pt on PBS
6 Seasons, 123 Episodes - Returning Series
Children, Animation & Cartoons
6.8/10
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Caillou Full Episode Guide

  • Caillou makes a model of the solar system with Daddy; learns about diabetes from a classmate; and tries to prove Gilbert didn't take Mommy's keys.

  • Caillou makes a paper mache bunny for Rosie, accidentally breaks Daddy's guitar string and teaches Rosie how to blow raspberries.

  • Caillou learns about composting; gets upset when Daddy has to cut down an old tree; and tries to save water by cutting out baths and tooth-brushing.

  • Caillou crashes Sarah's kite into a tree; tries to play a game with some friends; and keeps forgetting to return Leo's special marker.

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