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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.

Wednesday 9:00 AM et/pt on PBS
10 Seasons, 199 Episodes
January 1, 1998
Children, Animation & Cartoons
4.3/10
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Caillou Full Episode Guide

  • Grandma shows Caillou her composter, and soon, Caillou is determined to make "gardening gold" appear all on his own. When Daddy must cut down an old decaying tree, Caillou is upset. Where will the birds and squirrels will live? When Miss Martin asks the class to think up ways to save water, Caillou takes it to heart.

  • Caillou loses the valentine card that he made for Leo; although he is sad to see winter go, Caillou remembers why he likes spring.

  • While pretending to be a jet pilot Caillou falls down and scrapes his knees. Even though it hurts, he likes the extra attention from Mummy and Rosie. When the traffic lights near school stop working a policeman comes to direct traffic. Caillou loves watching him and learns from Miss Martin about lots of different ways that police officers help people.

  • Caillou is disappointed to learn his class trip to the fire station is cancelled... and they're going to a butterfly conservatory instead. Grandma plans to coach Caillou's soccer team while Grandpa recovers from an injury. Caillou is excited about this - until Grandma proves to have some unusual training methods. Caillou isn't too happy when Miss Martin is away and his preschool class has a substitute teacher - Mrs. Shelley.

  • Shoo, Shoo Bird, Fly Away: When birds keep eating the seeds in Mommy and Caillou's newly planted garden, they come up with the idea of making a scarecrow. It's fun picking out the clothes and drawing pictures for the face too. Caillou even imagines he's a scarecrow himself! When they are finished their scarecrow Rosie's noisy pie plates prove to be the final ingredient needed to scare away the birds! Caillou's Road Trip: One fine day the family is going on a car trip. Daddy says he doesn't know where they're going, they'll just see what they can find. Caillou thinks this is very strange and isn't sure it will be any fun at all. After playing a car game, they stop at a gas station for lunch and Caillou sees a really big truck. Then they ride on a ferry boat, and the captain lets Caillou blow the horn. Caillou decides that car trips are even more fun when you don't know where you're going! Caillou and the Dragon: There's a special visitor at Caillou's playschool - a boy named Alan who has Down's Syndrome. Caillou helps him with the things he has trouble with, like climbing and swinging on the swings. Then, when Caillou and his friends put on a little play Alan brings the house down as a very believable dragon. Caillou realizes that Alan has his own special talent - acting!

  • Caillou Goes Shopping: Caillou's crayons are all worn down or broken, so Mommy suggests a trip to the store for some new ones. Caillou helps Mommy remember what she needs to buy - he remembers the list of items by making a little song out of them. When they're done they run into Sarah, and Caillou helps her find all her back to school supplies. Caillou Goes Apple Picking: Caillou's playschool is on a special field trip to an apple orchard. The children really enjoy learning about apples and picking them too. Caillou imagines himself picking the biggest apple in the whole world. Afterwards they enjoy some fresh apple juice. By the time they get back on the bus to go home, Caillou and his friends are all ready for a little nap! Caillou's Hallowe'en Costume: Hallowe'en is coming and it's time to pick out a costume to wear. Soon Rosie has three costumes she wants to wear, but Caillou still hasn't decided on what he wants to be. And time is running out! Finally a piece of blue fake fur gives him a great idea - he'll be a blue monster! His parents help him fashion an odd but effective monster costume out of bits and pieces they find around the house. When Leo and Clementine arrive they agree that Caillou is a very scary-looking monster indeed!

  • At playschool Caillou decides to make her a present to cheer his Mum up when she is having a bad day. Jeffrey and Jason are coming over for dinner - it's a make-your-own pizza party! Caillou feels he is an expert at this and starts to show them how to do it. Caillou's got a brand new painting shirt and decides to paint something for Grandma, but he has a little trouble deciding what to paint.

  • Show and Tell: Caillou has to decide on a nice surprise to bring to playschool for Show and Tell. The only problem is, he can't decide between his toy dinosaur Rexy, his kite, or his toy firetruck. However, when Rosie proves to be the best at surprising everyone, Caillou decides to bring his little sister for Show and Tell. Caillou the Magician: Grandma shows Caillou a simple magic trick, which makes him decide to be a magician. After finding a suitable costume, he practices a new trick - making Rosie disappear! When the time comes to show Mommy and Daddy their trick, Caillou finds that making Rosie reappear might be a challenge, especially when Gilbert gets in the way! Caillou's Castle: Caillou wants to play castles and dragons, even though Gilbert isn't very keen on playing the dragon. Mommy asks him to share and play nicely with his sister, so Caillou and Rosie build their very own castle out of empty cardboard boxes. When Gilbert doesn't want to be the dragon, Mommy and Daddy volunteer for the part and everyone has lots of fun playing make believe.

  • The playschool is going swimming, and it's Caillou's very first time on a water slide, but he's a little nervous and doesn't want to slide down it. Mummy and Daddy are going out to a party and Caillou is excited to hear that Grandpa is coming to babysit. Caillou decides to teach his little sister about all the different kinds of insects in their backyard.

  • The playschool is going swimming, and it's Caillou's very first time on a water slide, but he's a little nervous and doesn't want to slide down it. Mummy and Daddy are going out to a party and Caillou is excited to hear that Grandpa is coming to babysit. Caillou decides to teach his little sister about all the different kinds of insects in their backyard.

  • Caillou Helps Out: Rosie is teething and just can't seem to fall asleep, so big brother Caillou decides to help. He sings her a song and finds her favourite bunny, but it isn't until he tells her a very imaginative bedtime story that she finally drifts off into the land of dreams. Caillou the Firefighter: The Fire chief visits Caillou's playschool to teach the children about fire drills. When Caillou is lifted up for a turn sitting in the big fire truck he imagines he is a firefighter himself hurrying though town to save the day. At the end of his turn Caillou announces he will be a firefighter when he grows up! The Fire Chief says he'd be glad to have Caillou on the team. Caillou to the Rescue: After a mischievous Rosie hides Caillou's cars between the cushions on the sofa, Leo and Caillou have a grand adventure pretending that they are tow truck drivers and crane operators rescuing the cars from their hiding places.

  • Grandma takes Caillou on a special visit to a sheep farm. There, Mary, a 10-year-old girl, takes Caillou on a tour, teaching him about sheep, sheering, and the spinning of wool. When Mom, Rosie and Caillou go to the zoo, Caillou can't wait to see the elephants. They see a parrot, a monkey, a hippopotamus and finally the elephants! Caillou is in complete awe and comes to the realization that animals have families too. Caillou and Dad go over to Mr. Hinkle's house to help him build a dog house. Caillou soon meets Mr. Hinkle's guests, a Mommy dog with her two puppies. When Mom takes Caillou to Clementine's to see her new pet, she won't tell Caillou what kind of animal it is. Caillou soon discovers that Clementine's new pet is a goldfish named Goldie! When Caillou, Grandpa and Daddy go on a canoe trip, Caillou gets to see some wild animals in their natural habitat. When they get to the cabin, they gather wood for the campfire and Caillou learns how to roast marshmallows on the fire.

  • After Sarah shows off her new robot toy, Leo and Caillou pretend to be robots. When Gilbert disappears with Daddy's to-do list, Caillou helps with the chores that Daddy can remember. Later, Sarah gives Caillou's whole family a karate lesson. Caillou goes on a "safari" looking for his animal cards.

  • Caillou and family go on a trip on Helen's boat, an old friend of Mom's. Caillou is surprised to find there's a whole house packed into the boat. Caillou learns about wind and sails, and even gets to steer the boat too! When Mom and Dad are getting ready to go out to a restaurant, Caillou doesn't understand why he can't go too! He's disappointed until Julie the babysitter suggests they make their own restaurant, complete with menus! When Caillou accidentally breaks one of his toys because his room is a mess, Mom suggests a way to make cleaning up fun: with colourful stickers and a chart. Now Caillou and Rosie get to pick out their very own stickers for brushing their teeth and cleaning up the toys in their bedrooms! When Caillou dresses himself, he learns that when you put your pants on backwards, you can change and put them on right. When he sees Dad and Grandpa in suits and ties for a big party, he changes into his grownup clothes too. Jonas, a friend of Dad's and a real cowboy, has invited the family to visit his ranch. Caillou had never met a real cowboy before. Caillou learns a lot about horses; he gets to brush a pony named Lucky, he even gets his very own cowboy hat!

  • Caillou and family go on a trip on Helen's boat, an old friend of Mom's. Caillou is surprised to find there's a whole house packed into the boat. Caillou learns about wind and sails, and even gets to steer the boat too! When Mom and Dad are getting ready to go out to a restaurant, Caillou doesn't understand why he can't go too! He's disappointed until Julie the babysitter suggests they make their own restaurant, complete with menus! When Caillou accidentally breaks one of his toys because his room is a mess, Mom suggests a way to make cleaning up fun: with colourful stickers and a chart. Now Caillou and Rosie get to pick out their very own stickers for brushing their teeth and cleaning up the toys in their bedrooms! When Caillou dresses himself, he learns that when you put your pants on backwards, you can change and put them on right. When he sees Dad and Grandpa in suits and ties for a big party, he changes into his grownup clothes too. Jonas, a friend of Dad's and a real cowboy, has invited the family to visit his ranch. Caillou had never met a real cowboy before. Caillou learns a lot about horses; he gets to brush a pony named Lucky, he even gets his very own cowboy hat!

  • When Caillou's family makes a springtime visit to Jonas' ranch, he takes them on a sleigh ride to a maple forest where Caillou discovers how the maple sap is collected from maple trees and gets to help collect some. The twins, Jason and Jeffrey, have come to play with Caillou in the snow. An investigation into some small tracks in the snow, leads them to a mischievous and playful squirrel that soon has them running around the yard. Exhausted, they drop in the snow and make some tracks of their own: snow angels. When Caillou, Rosie and Mom head to the big park, Caillou sees AndrĀ© and they decide to build a snow fort. Sarah shows up and the boys put the fort to the test as they start a fun snow fight. Caillou and his family are heading to the tobogganing hill! What fun it is to climb the hill and race down surrounded by people having a good time. Caillou is curious when they see a sled dog and his master giving a sled show. He even gets to ride the sled with Rosie! When Mom drives Sarah to her skating lesson, Caillou decides he wants to take skating lessons too!

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