Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Caillou & Kayley go to the library...

Kayley loves...no wait...she actually ADORES this show on PBS called Caillou.
"Who is Caillou?" you ask...
Well....

From the Caillou website:
Caillou is a 4-year-old boy who delights in the small wonders of the world around him, embellishing everything he sees with his rich imagination. Surrounded by his parents, his little sister, Rosie, his grandparents and friends his age, Caillou discovers the world and just can't wait to grow up! Everything around him is an excuse to embark on exciting adventures, learn new things and have fun. Whether he's at school, at home or in a park, Caillou finds opportunities for learning and growing everywhere!

Each episode of the series is a slice of Caillou's life. Thanks to his vivid imagination, ordinary, everyday events quickly become exciting adventures where Caillou can play "make-believe". But Caillou can tell the difference between real life and pretending. When he is done playing make-believe, Caillou happily returns to the familiar daily routine of a 4-year-old. Indeed, each episode begins and ends firmly anchored in the real world.


Here is a picture of Caillou: (perhaps he looks familiar to you?)


Well, on Caillou a few days ago, his Mom (who is the paragon of all stay-at-home-mothers and I will elaborate on her in a few minutes) go to the library, where Caillou is permitted to get his first, very own, library card! It was a really big deal! And ever since, Kayley has been begging me to take her to the library to get her very own library card too...

So I did.
And it was...of course...a BIG deal.

Kayley got to check out 3 books (We struck a deal...1 book for every year she is old) and she played on the library computers for a while. We had a pretty fun time and she even did a pretty good job of being quiet. I tried explaining to the library-card-guy how excited Kayley was to get her first library card after having seen what it was all about on an episode of Caillou. The library-card-guy ignored me and kept on typing on his computer. On Caillou, the library-card-guy was really friendly and welcomed Caillou to the library. Figures doesn't it? (so much for the part where "each episode begins and ends firmly anchored in the real world")
I mean, really, if it was the real world, the library-card-guy would've been rude and snapped at Caillou for being too noisy in the library...

Anyway:
I have to admit, that Caillou's Mom does come up with some pretty great things for me to do with Kayley. Caillou's Mom is pretty interesting too.

Here, check this out from the Caillou website:
Caillou can always count on his Mommy to share his adventures and tuck him in with a bedtime story every night. Even with her hectic schedule, Mommy always manages to set aside time to be with him. Daddy is Caillou’s hero. Caillou especially likes spending time alone with his daddy, like the time he taught Caillou how to build a birdhouse in the backyard.

Who ARE these people???
I mean, Caillou's Mom puts up with Caillou, who is actually a pretty whiny kid...and she never gets frustrated. Her responses to his whining is always a patient, well though out answer, that ALWAYS seems to satisfy Caillou. In fact, we have never seen Caillou get in trouble, stand in a corner, pick on his little sister, chunk something or throw a tantrum. I've actually never seen any indication that Mom or Dad have a job, so they must be independently wealthy. I bet I would be a way better Mom if I was independently wealthy too! lol!! Dad is always home to help out with whatever is needed. The whole family dresses modestly, albeit frumpy. Caillou does go to "playschool" a few times a week where he doesn't push or shove his peers, he always shares, follows directions, and doesn't do anything gross like pick his nose or put his hands down his pants.

Ok, so the show is decidedly NOT realistic... not even a little bit.

But, if it gets my kid interested in reading, and she learns all the 'appropriate ways' to repsond in a sitution, then I guess she can continue to watch it.
At least PBS doesn't have commercials for sugar cereals, yogurt in tubes, Barbie, etc.

Oh...and why in the world is Caillou BALD?? I mean-hello - he's 4!!!



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