Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Caillou Goes Back to School DVD + Book {Written by Emilee}

This year I'm especially excited about "back to school" because my son turned five recently and will be attending Kindergarten.  Do you have a child going to Kindergarten this year? Well, even if you do or don't, I have the perfect DVD for your little one to get ready for the new school year. PBS Distribution announced that they will be releasing,

"Caillou Goes Back to School + Book"
on July 28th. 

So, be sure to mark your calendars. This would make a perfect "back to school" gift for your kiddos. 



New Bundle Featuring PBS KIDS Series CAILLOU
Available from PBS Distribution July 28

Arlington, Va. – June 18, 2015 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “CAILLOU GOES BACK TO SCHOOL DVD + BOOK” on July 28, just in time for the new school year. This bundle features two items – the DVD “Caillou Goes Back to School,” which includes 12 stories, and an illustrated bonus book about riding the school bus.  “CAILLOU GOES BACK TO SCHOOL DVD + BOOK” offers two fun-filled ways to interact with Caillou and get kids into the back-to-school mindset. CAILLOU airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings) and is produced by DHX Media.

CAILLOU GOES BACK TO SCHOOL DVD + BOOK” will be available on July 28. The DVD run time is approximately 100 minutes. The SRP for this bundle is $12.99. The DVD contains special features including a game and printable coloring pages. 

What is included:
Caillou the Librarian
Caillou is excited about showing Rosie the ropes when they visit the library. During storytime Caillou imagines he’s in the story, riding on a dolphin. Later he and Rosie argue over a book and accidentally tear it. He doesn’t want to tell the librarian, but finally musters up the courage to do so. The librarian turns out to be very nice and he helps her fix the book. And Rosie gets her very own library card!

Caillou the Bookworm
Returning home from the library Caillou is very eager to sit down and enjoy his pirate book. Unfortunately it’s a very busy day and he’s having trouble finding a quiet place to look at his book. Caillou finally finds the perfect place – in his closet! By the light of his flashlight he finally gets to enjoy his book and pretends he’s the pirate in the story digging up a buried treasure. 

Caillou the Storyteller
It’s a rainy day at playschool and the children can’t go outside. Caillou makes up a funny story about a superhero who makes the rain stop – it’s Super Caillou! He tells the story to Jeffrey and Jason, and Miss Martin suggests he make his own storybook. She writes the story down and Caillou draws the pictures. By the time Mommy comes to pick him up, Caillou has his very own book to show her!

Magnet Madness
Caillou is playing with the fridge magnets and learns lots of things about them. About what they stick to and what they don’t stick to – such as Gilbert! He even imagines himself as a human magnet superhero. In the end Caillou is able to apply what he’s learned and uses a magnet to help Daddy retrieve a metal peg from behind the workbench. 

Caillou the Dinosaur Hunter
The whole family goes on a trip to the natural history museum to look at the dinosaurs. Caillou is really enjoying himself looking at the skeletons and learning about the different kinds of dinosaurs. When he momentarily loses the others he knows enough to stay put until Mommy comes back and finds him. And when he realizes he’s left Rexy somewhere he learns about the lost and found, and retraces his steps until he finds his dinosaur friend.

Caillou the Astronaut
Caillou wants to play with both his friends Clementine and Xavier in the playschool playground. Unfortunately Clementine wants to play bears and Xavier wants to play astronauts, and a little argument ensues. At story time Miss Martin tells them more about spaceships and astronauts and Caillou imagines he’s zooming around the galaxy exploring stars and planets. Back outside Caillou makes up a new astronaut and bear game so everyone can play together.

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 Halloween Costume
Halloween 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!

Caillou’s Present
Mommy’s having a bad day – first she can’t find her car keys, then she and Caillou have to shovel the car out, and then the car won’t start! At playschool Caillou decides to make her a present to cheer her up. His first two attempts don’t turn out but he perseveres and makes her a picture of a sun – to melt all the snow!

Caillou the Chef
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. When the twins both opt for less-than-traditional ingredients Caillou is upset that they’re doing it all wrong. In the end, however, their pizzas turn out just fine and Caillou learns that everyone has their own unique way of doing things.

Caillou the Painter
Caillou’s got a brand new painting shirt and decides to paint something for Grandma. He has a little trouble deciding what to paint. He wants to use all his colors and paint all his favorite shapes. Mommy tells him that paintings don’t have to be about something and he proceeds to make his own abstract painting! Meanwhile Rosie and Daddy are pressing a flower for Grandma. When Grandma arrives she is thrilled with her very artistic gifts. 

About DHX Brands
DHX Brands is the dedicated brand-management and consumer-products arm of DHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B) (www.dhxmedia.com), a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and maintaining high-profile global entertainment brands within the children’s and young-adult markets. With expertise in brand development, licensing, marketing and creative, we develop brands which captivate and inspire through engaging content, first-class distribution, quality consumer products, immersive live experiences, and digital media. DHX Brands’ world-class portfolio includes TeletubbiesTwirlywoosIn the Night GardenYo Gabba Gabba!CaillouElla the ElephantJohnny TestInspector Gadget, and Degrassi. DHX Brands has offices in London, Toronto and Los Angeles.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.
PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. PBS Distribution offers consumers high-quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming, and is also a leading source for factual content for international broadcast, cable, and satellite services.

About PBS KIDS PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs.  Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visitpbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook. 

Street Date: July 28, 2015
Genre: Kids
DVD Run Time: Approximately 100 Minutes
SRP: $12.99
Format: DVD and Book

In my opinion:

Caillou has been a favorite character of mine ever since I had my son, Eli. Caillou is adventurous, caring and fun. He has a great imagination that I hope inspires my children to play and enjoy life. I'm actually a big fan of PBS KIDS because their shows are geared toward helping children grow. 

"Caillou Goes Back to School" DVD includes 12 different episodes that help children learn about reading, imagination, nature and art.  I definitely believe that this DVD is appropriate for Preschool and Kindergarten aged kids. 

There was a wide variety of adventures. My favorite was "Caillou's Present" because it reminded me of my own life. When things don't go as planned, try to stay positive and don't get upset. Caillou's mom is the perfect example because she stays calm even when she is having a bad day. And to top things off, Caillou decides to make a picture to make the day better. He really is a caring and a sweet child. I absolutely recommend "Caillou Goes Back to School" because it leaves one with wanting to become better and enjoy life. It was a feel good DVD and I am grateful for the opportunity to review it.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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