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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 boston!
HOP
Spring Egg Hunt

What: Sip hot cocoa and search for eggs, and then say hello to the Easter bunny at Phillips Candy House.
Why: Slip a few chocolate-dipped Peeps into their basket (or yours).
When: Sat. Hunt, 11 a.m.; meet-and-greet, 2 p.m.
Where: Pope John Paul II Park, at the Gallivan Blvd. entrance, Dorchester; Phillips Candy House, 818 William T. Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester (617-282-2090). Participation is free.

REWIND
Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster & Parade

What: Make a liberty flag, go for a horse-drawn wagon ride, and see a skirmish re-enactment.
Why: Fife and drum music transports you back in time.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Historic Deerfield, 80 Old Main St., Deerfield (413-775-7214). Adults, $12; children, $5; under 6, free.

ENCHANT
Hans Christian Andersen
What: Danny Kaye stars in the Technicolor musical about the legendary storyteller.
Why: It’s an oldie but a goodie.
When: Sat., 2 p.m.
Where: Paramount Center, Bright Family Screening Room, 559 Washington St. Tickets at 617-824-8000 or online at artsemerson.org. Adults, $10; children, $5.

Photo: JE Photography Montreal / Courtesy of Oüm

LOCATIONS
Phillips Candy House
818 William T Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02122
Pope John Paul II Park
Gallivan Blvd
Boston, MA 02122
Paramount Center
559 Washington St
Boston, MA 02135
617-824-8000
Historic Deerfield
80 Old Main St
Deerfield, MA 01342
413-775-7214
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