She'll Have a New Best Buddy in Oum

Meet the French Canadian Elmo

oum educational dvd!

Why, yes, your little muppet knows how to get to Sesame Street. In fact, she’d probably pick up and move there if she could.

When you’re looking for another educational avenue, direct her to a new ami named Oüm. The cheerful blue puppet — and star of his own DVD — hails from Montreal and embodies the joy and childlike wonder of everybody’s best buddy, Elmo.

Along with pals Coco and Mimi, Oüm rallies kiddos to dance, act out original nursery rhymes, and imitate animals. Shot in a refreshingly simple style (puppets, animals, and children pop against a white background), the show is divided into three twenty-minute sessions packed with interactive games and call-and-response prompts — so little viewers aren’t likely to lose focus.

Plus, the creative team worked with an art and family therapist, which means all the fun and games have been designed to improve a child’s visual-spatial processing, motor development, and tempo awareness as well.

And that’s a road you’ll definitely want to go down.

Available online at amazon.com, $19. For more information, go to oum.cc.

this week in atlanta!
Big Shanty Festival

What: Hop on the miniature train, watch colorful floats cruise by, and peruse wares from area artisans.
Why: Travel back in time at the Civil War encampment.
When: Festival, Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.; parade, Sat., 9:30 a.m.
Where: Near the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, 2829 Cherokee St., Downtown Kennesaw (770-427-2117); parade starts at Adams Park, 1620 Delowe Dr. SW. Info at 770-423-1330. Admission is free.

Museum Mice Tour

What: Stories and hands-on projects custom-made for tots (ages 3-5).
Why: Antique music boxes and maracas provide an earful during this week’s melodious activities.
When: Wed., 10:30 a.m.
Where: Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot St., Marietta. Reservations (required) to 770-794-5710. Family, $5.

Decatur Earth Day Celebration

What: Check out the raptor show, do crafts, and hear tunes.
Why: Gussy up trikes and strollers for a turn in the parade.
When: Sun., 12:30-4 p.m.
Where: Oakhurst Community Garden Project, 435 Oakview Rd., Decatur (404-371-1920); parade starts at Harmony Park in Oakhurst Village, E. Lake Dr., at Oakview Rd. Participation is free.

Photo: JE Photography Montreal / Courtesy of Oüm

Oakhurst Community Garden Project
435 Oakview Rd
Decatur, GA 30030
Marietta Museum of History
1 Depot St
Marietta, GA 30060
Adams Park
1620 Delowe Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
2829 Cherokee St
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Harmony Park in Oakhurst Village
E Lake Dr
@ Oakview Rd
Decatur, GA 30030