The Children’s Book Review | July 24, 2016
Age Range: 3 and up
Hardback Book: 237 pages
Publisher: Chouette Publishing
What to expect: Preschoolers, feelings, family, life issues, fun
Caillou, everyone’s favorite preschooler, is back in this delightful collection of ten best-loved stories.
Caillou (say Kai-You) is an adorable little boy who lives with his parents in Canada. He is charming and sweet, and faces the same problems and delights as any preschooler. He plays with his toys, learns to skate, and must learn how to navigate daycare. More often than not, Caillou becomes frustrated by his world when things go wrong. Whether his favorite shirt gets too small or he must put away all of his toys around the house before pudding, Caillou faces the challenges that all young readers will understand and relate to. He learns to work through them with the help of his loving parents—mastering daycare, ice-skating and remembering to put away all of his toys, plus other exciting adventures.
The illustrations of Caillou are full of vibrant primary colors that draw in small children. The daycare he attends is fun and playful, the ice-rink smooth and inviting. Children will enjoy pointing out easily recognizable objects while reading along. The stories themselves are perfectly simple for small children, while still challenging and engaging them. Parents can start a conversation about situations in their child’s own life. Are you scared of daycare, like Caillou? Were you mad when your sister took your shirt, like Caillou was? How do we solve these problems in a healthy way?
What is most intriguing about Caillou is his ability to overcome and master any new situation he meets. In a world where everything seems to change for little ones, Caillou shows that he can rise to any challenge. Written by Christine L’Heureux and co-created by psychoanalyst Dr. Francoise Dolto, Caillou was created to help children have “a rational understanding of the world.” Another fun fact is that Caillou is the French word for “pebble,” and Caillou’s signature bald head resembles a pebble. His baldness is a great way for children to talk about and learn to accept those who are different.
Renowned the world over, Caillou is a delightful character all children will fall in love with. This large book includes ten of Caillou’s best stories, covering a wide range of topics. The hardcover is sturdy, and the gold-foiled page edges give a celebratory quality to the book. Children will love to read the entire book over and over. It’s good the book is sturdy, because you’ll need it with so many repeat readings!
Add this book to your collection: Caillou: Storybook Treasury: Ten Bestselling Stories (25th Anniversary Edition)
Caillou: Storybook Treasury: Ten Bestselling Stories (25th Anniversary Edition) was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Caillou: Storybook Treasury: Ten Bestselling Stories (25th Anniversary Edition) by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Preschool Primers, Picture Books, and Social Graces.