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Teaches preschool-age children basic lessons in labeling their feelings and using communication to deal with conflict.
The best way to address a problem with siblings or a friend is to tell them how they're making you feel and to try to think about how they're feeling too. Other lessons include: "We can't give up"; "Sometimes it's hard to know what to do when you're dealing with a big problem"; "Just because someone hurts you, it doesn't mean you can hurt them back"; and "Friends can help you if you need help or get scared."
Positive Role Models
At first Caillou is patient when his little sister continually interrupts his game and he and his friends try to think of creative ways to work around her. Though he eventually gets upset and argues with Rosie, he later talks about his feelings with his dad and concludes that the best solution is to talk to her about how her actions make him feel without yelling. He also learns to consider Rosie's feelings and to ask his dad for help telling Rosie how it made him feel when she ruined his race track and took his cars. One of Caillou's friends is especially cautious, preferring slow to fast, but his friends don't mind. Caillou's parents model labeling emotions for both Caillou and Rosie.
Caillou and his family are White. One of his two friends is a Black girl, whose mother is shown briefly.
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Violence & Scariness
Caillou and his little sister, Rosie, argue and struggle over a toy car and Rosie is left out of the other kids' game. Caillou gets frustrated, cries, and says he wants to go home. Once he gets home, he throws down his bag and slams his door. Caillou's dad tells a story in which a giant chases a race car driver, she picks up his car and leaves him lost in a field. The other race car drivers are scared when the giant comes back and picks up their cars too. Later, the giant swats a plane and the pilot has to eject before he crashes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Caillou: Rosie the Giant is a useful lesson on communication and conflict resolution for preschoolers. Caillou and his little sister, Rosie, argue and struggle over a toy car, and Rosie is left out of the other kids' game. Caillou gets frustrated, cries, and says he wants to go home. Once he gets home, he throws down his bag and slams his door. Caillou's dad tells a story in which a giant chases a race car driver, picks up his car, and leaves him lost in a field. The other race car drivers are scared when the giant comes back and picks up their cars too. Later, the giant swats a plane and the pilot has to eject before he crashes. Through the main plot, the second story within the story, and a song, Caillou learns how to express his feelings and communicate with his sister.
Is It Any Good?
A useful lesson on communication and conflict resolution for preschoolers, this is a Caillou special that parents might find significantly more tolerable than others. Yes, Caillou: Rosie the Giant still features Caillou and his infamous whiny voice, but it also teaches some especially salient lessons to preschoolers in a variety of meaningful ways. Caillou's frustration with his little sister when she continues to ruin his and his friends' game, despite his attempts to play around her, rings true, and many older siblings will relate. And, unlike other shows, this special doesn't wait to provide resolution to the issue until the very end. Instead, the message is repeated over and over through the plot, a second story within the story, and even through song. The result is the rare kids' show that truly has the potential to teach a positive message that sticks with its audience.
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