Caillou > Caillou FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Caillou
Q. Why is Caillou bald?
A. Caillou stands for all children. He doesn't have curly blond hair, a carrot-top, brown hair, glasses, or ethnic features, because he represents all children. We wanted to make Caillou universal so every child could identify with him. And they do! Caillou's baldness may make him different, but we hope it's helping children understand that being different isn't just okay, it's normal.
Q. Where does the name Caillou come from?
A. Caillou's name comes from the French word caillou, meaning pebble, and from a ritual created by Dr. FranÃ§oise Dolto. Reflecting her philosophy of respect for the child as a person, she asked children to give her pebbles as a symbolic payment for her consultations, thus giving children complete freedom of choice regarding their treatment.
Q. Why are Caillou's parents so perfect?
A. Chouette develops books that take place first and foremost through the eyes of a child, rather than reflecting reality as seen by adults. Thus, all Caillou books are told from Caillou's point of view.
Q. Why does Caillou live in such a traditional home?
A. Families come in many shapes and sizes, yet Caillou's creators deliberately chose a traditional family environment. He is surrounded by his mother, father, little sister, and grandparents.
Q. Why is Caillou grumpy so often?
A. Not everything is easy in the life of a child. Like adults, children go through difficult periods, but they lack the communication skills to articulate everything they feel. Caillou's experiences are an attempt to translate the inner life of a child and his varied and sometimes contradictory feelings.
Q. What is the educational rationale behind this series?
A. PBS and Cookie Jar have always promoted high-quality, non-violent, educational television programming for children. Based on research by acclaimed child psychologist Nicole Nadeau, the CAILLOU stories help children grow with self-esteem, confidence and independence.
Q. How does Caillou differ from other preschool-level children’s series?
A. Caillou’s animated world is very realistic, which is unusual for preschool-level children’s programming. Caillou’s simple animation style and bright colors hold children’s attention as Caillou goes through his everyday life experiences. Children see Caillou as a real little boy to whom they can relate and identify with. Each episode of the series shows how Caillou deals with the problems, conflicts and joys that are typical of a young child his age. Caillou Season 4 takes a closer look at the realm of childhood experience, emphasizing children’s ability to use their imagination to cope with real life and the challenges to come.
Q. How did the Caillou series get started?
A. Since 1987, Caillou story books (published by Les Ã‰ditions Chouette) have sold over 2 million copies worldwide and have been translated into English, Spanish and other languages. CINAR obtained a license to produce an animated series and the first short episodes were broadcast in 1997 in Canada. The resounding success of the animated series led to a partnership between CINAR and PBS to produce the half-hour CAILLOU series for public television. Subsequently, additional Caillou books based on Caillou television series were published.
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