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 washington d.c.!
Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House

What: Take a spin around the maypole, give Elizabethan crafts a whirl, and munch free slices of cake.
Why: Try on pumpkin pants and bumrolls for a funny fashion statement.
When: Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE (202-544-7077). Admission is free.

Farm Baby Day

What: Meet the newest arrivals, play games, and learn about raising livestock from the Hoofers & Heifers 4-H Club.
Why: Gush-worthy chicks and lambs.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park, Kidwell Farmyard, 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon (703-437-9101). Admission is free.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
What: The classic Grimm tale gets a twist in The Puppet Co.’s production.
Why: A fairy-tale ending, guaranteed.
When: Fri.-June 2.
Where: 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Tickets at 301-634-5380 or online at thepuppetco.tix.com. Adults and children, $10.

Photo: JE Photography Montreal / Courtesy of Oüm

The Puppet Co.
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812
Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 W Ox Rd
Herndon, VA 20171
201 E Capitol St SE
bt 2nd & 3rd Sts
Washington, DC 20003