In this new 13-part series, six-year-old Emily Yeung takes on the world with her own unique perspective. She's joined on her adventures by everyone from snake handlers to professional basketball players; from stuffed animal makers to pineapple upside-down cake bakers. Whoever her guest may be, inquisitive Emily is always up for a new experience or challenge.
Each segment is six minutes long and they have been aggregated thematically into 13 half-hour episodes, each with 5 separate segments.
There is a companion interactive website to enhance and further the Emily Yeung experience.
The five 6 minute segments in Fit and Fun are:
1) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG SNOWBOARDING - Watch Emily Yeung hit the ski slopes for her first lesson in snowboarding. Emily learns how to use both her feet to control the direction of the board as she zips down the hill. Watch out Emily, wipe out!
2) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG CROSS COUNTRY SKIING - Emily Yeung loves winter activities. Working with a ski instructor, Emily learns how to cross country ski down a beautiful wooded path and even has a chance to practice her birdcalls, tweet tweet!
3) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG PLAYING BASKETBALL - Emily Yeung is forming her own basketball team: "The Mermaids" to challenge a player from the Raptors to a game of one on one. Emily learns how to pass the ball, dribble and slam-dunk.
4) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG PLAYING ROAD HOCKEY - Game on! Emily Yeung joins two-time Olympic hockey gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser for a one on one road hockey lesson. Emily learns how to pass, shoot and take slap shots.
5) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG PLAYING SOCCER - Emily Yeung meets a member of the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team and learns the basics of playing soccer. Emily puts her newfound knowledge to good use when she joins in a game.
The other episodes are:
1. Getting Creative, Part I Emily makes a variety of crafts including origami art, a clay sculpture, and a collage.
2. Getting Creative, Part II In this episode Emily makes her own stuffed animal, builds a sand sculpture, and more.
3. All Sorts of Animals Emily learns about snakes and camels, takes care of some kittens, and even swims with dolphins!
4. Great Canadian Wonders Emily visits Quebec City, an amusement park, an ice hotel and a hot spring, and explores the Rocky Mountains.
6. Great Times in All Kinds of Weather Emily shows us all sorts of activities to keep busy in good or bad weather.
7. Creatures, Creations, Conservation In this episode Emily explores a forest, learns about worms, tries some science experiments, and plants a tree.
8. A Few of My Favorite Things Emily builds a treehouse, learns about rabbits and fireworks, plays dress-up, and goes ice fishing.
9. A Day in My Life Emily learns about different jobs including being a paramedic, a post office worker and an astronaut!
10. Let's Get Cookin' Emily tries her hand at making a variety of delicious foods in the kitchen.
11. Sharing Multicultural Traditions Emily learns karate, makes sushi and bubble tea, learns an African dance, and makes a medicine wheel.
12. At the Farm Emily rides a tractor, tends to the horses, learns about chickens, becomes a cowgirl, and makes fresh cheese.
13. Putting on a Show Emily puts on a puppet show, makes a mask, practices ballet dancing, and meets both Cirque du Soleil and the Blue Man Group.
Holiday Special Emily celebrates Christmas and learns about other holidays that people celebrate.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2
US Release Date: 2007
Copyright Date: 2006
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-718-3
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-717-5
"Even the most reluctant young athlete from preschool through 4th grade will be inspired to give these activities a try!...Parents, teachers and care givers will observe the adept means used to break down skills into smaller segments so that Emily's successes are celebrated and her persistence is rewarded. The focus is on fun, but Emily also learns the importance of playing safely. This set of related vignettes would encourage discussion about the similarities and differences among these sports. The spontaneity of this episode evokes a very natural and real experience."
Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, Purdue University North Central
"All films are of great quality and provide four accessibility options for the visual and hearing impaired...The programming is excellent and will appeal to young audiences to be used in any elementary classroom, media center, or public library."
Deidra Herring, The Ohio State University, Educational Media Reviews Online
"Emily is a bright and engaging protagonist, and young viewers will delight in her diverse adult and child friends. The filmmakers have created a warm and safe environment for this young child to grow and learn, one that serves [as] a model for children and their communities everywhere."
"Spontaneous...Emily asks a lot of questions and offers her own opinions. She is a charming, enthusiastic host whose sparkle is infectious and is always eager to embark on new adventures and be challenged. Viewers will be inspired to learn more about the subjects that Emily introduces and to try some of the physical and creative activities that are featured...Educational and lots of fun."
Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin Country Library, School Library Journal