Emily's First 100 Days of School

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Short, fact-filled animated version of popular kids' book.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 36 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

This short film is packed full of learning as Emily takes the viewer through numbers 1 to 100. Almost every number includes a lesson with, for example, the names of the planets, facts about money, how many letters are in the alphabet, and so on.

Positive Messages

The many examples of Emily and her classmates helping others illustrate the importance of helping those in need.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Emily is shown helping others by making turkey sandwiches for the homeless at Thanksgiving, planting flowers for her elderly neighbor, and walking with a blind woman.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Emily's older sister Eloise (who is 13) recites "he loves me, he loves me not" but refuses to tell Emily who might love her.

Language
Consumerism

The cartoon is based on the characters of popular children's book author Rosemary Wells.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Emily's First 100 Days of School is an animated film based on the book by popular children's book author Rosemary Wells. The short and simple film is geared toward young preschoolers and is full of educational content such as learning numbers, the planets, the seasons, and more. With no iffy content and some positive messages about helping others, it's perfectly appropriate for very young children and up.

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What's the story?

Emily (narrated by Diana Canova) starts kindergarten and has to keep a number journal for her first 100 days of school, which she reports to the Bunny News Network (BNN). Each day Emily lists different things that happened in her day and how they relate to a number; for example, on Day Two her teacher teaches the class the song "Tea for Two," and on Day Four she learns that a square has four sides. The journal takes her through the holidays, and Emily is shown helping others by doing things such as making turkey sandwiches for the homeless for Thanksgiving so they can celebrate, too.

Is it any good?

Although there's not really much of a plot to this short and simple cartoon, it does manage to be packed full of interesting facts and lessons, which parents will really appreciate. And fans of Rosemary Wells will certainly love seeing her beloved characters. Although some facts will definitely be over preschoolers' heads (such as the explanation of what a prime number is), many of the daily vignettes will help young kids learn basic things such as the names of the planets. But, though it's pretty short, the premise does start to wear a bit thin pretty quickly and the very simple animation isn't super engaging, which may cause some kids to lose interest before reaching Day 100.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways Emily helps others. Why do you think it's important to help other people?

  • If you kept a number journal like Emily, what would you put in it?

  • Emily makes a new friend from Australia. Do you have any friends from other countries? What things do they do differently from you?

Movie details

For kids who love preschool tales

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