The Caillou character was created in 1989 as a nine-month-old baby without a hair on his head. He owes his popularity to the combined talents of author and publisher Christine L’Heureux and illustrator Hélène Desputeaux.
From the very first Caillou book, Christine L’Heureux’s goal was to help children develop their own unique personalities while learning to live in harmony with the world around them. She wanted to create a human figure for children’s books, a departure from the common practice of using animals as the main characters in books for babies and young children.
As a result, children can more easily identify with Caillou because they are so like him.
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