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.
"Emily is a bright and engaging protagonist, and young viewers will delight in her diverse adult and child friends." Multicultural Review
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 Getting Creative, Part I are:
1) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG BEADING - Emily Yeung visits a local beading store and chooses from hundreds of colorful beads to make a necklace. She even finds a unique cat bead.
2) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG MAKING ORIGAMI - Emily Yeung joins an origami artist to learn how to fold paper into different shapes. Emily makes a dolphin and a wearable paper helmet!
3) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG MAKING ANIMAL BALLOONS - Emily Yeung joins a balloon artist to learn how to twist balloons into different animal shapes. Emily rides a big balloon motorcycle.
4) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG MAKING A CLAY DOLPHIN - Emily Yeung visits a clay studio to make a dolphin plate - then she adds a shark, a mermaid and an octopus grabbing the mermaid's foot!
5) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG MAKING A COLLAGE - Emily Yeung joins a collage artist to learn how to use different materials to make a really cool collage of her favorite animal species - cats!
The other episodes are:
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.
5. Fit and Fun Emily tries out a number of physical activities including basketball, soccer, skiing and snowboarding.
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: 1-59458-710-8
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-709-4
"Young children and their parents will be drawn into Emily Yeung's inventive explorations in this lively episode about artistic endeavors. With genuine enthusiasm, Emily tries her hand at beading, origami, pottery, and balloon-making. Children will be stirred to create on their own with a variety of media and techniques. It is important to note that these are not 'how-to' or instructional segments, rather the focus is on Emily's experience with the process with less emphasis on the finished product. This will take the pressure off of young viewers who want to express themselves creatively. The adults who guide Emily through these events treat her seriously and validate her resourceful and imaginative efforts."
Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, Purdue University North