Education Blog

Viewing: Eleanor's Secret

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 06.30.20

Eleanor’s Secret 

78 min. 2009. France. English (Dubbed). NR.

Recommended Age: 6+

Read Common Sense Media to learn more about whether Eleanor’s Secret is right for your child. 

Streaming: Kanopy (Free)Amazon Prime (Free) 


In a dusty old attic, Nat discovers a magical library where famous storybook characters come to life. But Nat soon learns that his fairytale friends are in danger, and the only way to save them is for Nat to learn to read an ancient spell.

Why JBFC Kids Curator, Emily Ohara (@TeachEmFilm) recommends it: 

For any child who is struggling with reading or just loves to read, this film will have them captivated with familiar faces of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Pinocchio, ogres, witches, the Big Bad Wolf, and the lovely Alice from Wonderland. Unlike any other animations, the setting and characters are reminiscent of beautifully illustrated children’s books with painted pages and figures sketched in pencil. A few tense moments with Nat’s reading nightmares might need a parent beside the little ones, but its message of trust, perseverance, and the power of books holding treasured stories will have your family wanting to read their favorite storybooks right after the credits roll.

Fun Fact: 

The film was made in France, and the characters originally spoke in French!

Take it Further:

  • Practice your reading skills and watch the film in its original French language while reading the subtitles. How is it different from the English dubbed? Which one do you like better?
  • Draw yourself with one of your favorite storybook characters and write why it’s your favorite character. How are you similar yet different to the character?
  • Share it on Twitter or Instagram and tag us! #JBFCkids Instagram: jbfc_pville  Twitter: jbfc_ny 

JBFC Kids: At Home Viewing List 

JBFC Kids curator Emily Ohara has selected her favorite films from shorts to documentaries, animations to silent films, these engaging and meaningful stories are fun for the whole family - And ready to stream!

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