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Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children's entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! "Skinnamarink" is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion. What does "skinnamarink" mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children's entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! "Skinnamarink" is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion. What does "skinnamarink" mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung in weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly - especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together. Through Qin Leng's wonderfully imaginative illustrations, this delightful picture book tells the story of a community coming together. Young and old, from little mice to a big elephant, people and animals gather into a spontaneous parade as they follow the sound of music. Sharon, Lois and Bram formed as a trio of children's entertainers in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children's television shows, most notably The Elephant Show, and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). In 2018, Sharon and Bram celebrated their 40th anniversary and they continue to entertain children and share their message of love.


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Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children's entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! "Skinnamarink" is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion. What does "skinnamarink" mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children's entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! "Skinnamarink" is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion. What does "skinnamarink" mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the generations of children who sang along: friendship, happiness, sharing, community and, ultimately, love. This song has been sung in weddings and in classrooms. It can be fun and silly - especially with the accompanying actions! And it has a way of bringing people together. Through Qin Leng's wonderfully imaginative illustrations, this delightful picture book tells the story of a community coming together. Young and old, from little mice to a big elephant, people and animals gather into a spontaneous parade as they follow the sound of music. Sharon, Lois and Bram formed as a trio of children's entertainers in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children's television shows, most notably The Elephant Show, and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). In 2018, Sharon and Bram celebrated their 40th anniversary and they continue to entertain children and share their message of love.

30 review for Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink

  1. 4 out of 5

    Morris

    Who else watched the Elephant Show? Reading this I was overcome with strong and warm feelings of nostalgia. The fun illustrations go perfectly with the familiar song. Highly recommended. We can all use more love right now. This honest and unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

  2. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    This book brings back so many memories! Being a child of the '80s, Sharon, Lois & Bram provided part of the soundtrack to my early years. "Skinnamarink" is probably their most famous song, and it's a fun one, complete with actions that accompany the words. This book takes that simple song, adds some new verses, and illustrates the whole thing to near perfection. I must say, I was a bit nervous when I read that there were some new verses here. But they fit in perfectly with the original song. This book brings back so many memories! Being a child of the '80s, Sharon, Lois & Bram provided part of the soundtrack to my early years. "Skinnamarink" is probably their most famous song, and it's a fun one, complete with actions that accompany the words. This book takes that simple song, adds some new verses, and illustrates the whole thing to near perfection. I must say, I was a bit nervous when I read that there were some new verses here. But they fit in perfectly with the original song. (And the book would've been really short without them!) The rhyme and rhythm is just about perfect, and if you're familiar with the original song, you can see the ease with which the new words work. Qin Leng's illustrations are sort of messy-looking, but also childlike and very fun. So many people (and creatures!) get into the song, so by the end of the book, everyone's running around with a smile on their face and love in their heart. It might sound corny, but it's true. This book made me smile... and I hope this song will make a whole new generation of kids smile, too. Thank you to NetGalley and Tundra Books for providing a digital ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura McLoughlin

    I love singing this song with my kids. The local librarians have been using it to wrap up storytime since I began attending with my youngest. He loves to belt out the song (he is only 2.5 and doesn't always pay very good attention at storytime but he does love the musical interludes and will belt out this song reliably). When I first started taking him I thought that this song sounded vaguely familiar and could have said it was from a 1970s era kids' show but that really would have been a guess I love singing this song with my kids. The local librarians have been using it to wrap up storytime since I began attending with my youngest. He loves to belt out the song (he is only 2.5 and doesn't always pay very good attention at storytime but he does love the musical interludes and will belt out this song reliably). When I first started taking him I thought that this song sounded vaguely familiar and could have said it was from a 1970s era kids' show but that really would have been a guess and I couldn't tell you anything more about it. And hey, it is from a 1970s era kids' show (that I have no memory of watching)! And there are more verses! The illustrations are super cute and I love the song so 5 stars from me!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    Beautiful love sharing homage to your children kind of book. It has some «melody» in it so it can really be upgraded by being «act/sing/dance» at least in some parts. The art was pleasing and comfy for children and the amount of love express in this book definitely made it a feels good read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    KDV

    I sang this so much as a child!!! I never knew there were so many different verses, of course. Feels celebratory and has great illustrations.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    When I first saw this book was available to review, I rushed to get it and kept my fingers crossed that I would get the opportunity to be allowed to review it! I have already purchased it for my grandson to start a new generation on this fabulous group and song. This song along with Sharon, Lois and Bram’s Elephant Show was my daughter’s favorite song and show when she was growing up back in the early 1980s. We actually had to tape it when she was little on VHS so that she could watch it over When I first saw this book was available to review, I rushed to get it and kept my fingers crossed that I would get the opportunity to be allowed to review it! I have already purchased it for my grandson to start a new generation on this fabulous group and song. This song along with Sharon, Lois and Bram’s Elephant Show was my daughter’s favorite song and show when she was growing up back in the early 1980s. We actually had to tape it when she was little on VHS so that she could watch it over and over again when it wasn’t on TV. To say I watched it 1000 times wouldn’t be an exaggeration! Thirty years later, and I can still remember word for word the song! So now to the book, at first glance, the illustrations are absolutely adorable and perfect! Qin Leng did an amazing job matching the illustrations with the book. I really think he captured the essence of the book. Of course, the book is based on the song, Skinnamarink. It’s an adorable song that obviously is fun and happy but with a wonderful meaning of friendship, acceptance & most important, love. Sharon Hampson’s daughter Randi added a few new verses and I feel they fit in perfectly with the original song. For fans who are familiar with Sharon, Lois, and Bram and the Skinnamarink song they will absolutely love this keepsake version in book form! It brings back so many wonderful memories of the show, the positive message is uplifting and after thirty years still makes me smile! Sharon, Lois, and Bram were such a wonderful part of my children’s growing up and I look forward to sharing this book with my grandchildren in the years to come. Absolutely loved this book & highly recommend!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Storywraps

    This classic kid's song is being reintroduced to a brand-new generation for kids to enjoy. Sharon, Lois, and Bram, a trio from Toronto, began singing "Skinnamarink" in 1978. It gained immense popularity through their Canadian TV show, The Elephant Show. Sharon's talented daughter, Randi, added three new verses to the original song. Today upon its release, it definitely would have gone viral and everyone world-wide would be singing the fun ditty. What in the world does Skinnamarink mean? It's not This classic kid's song is being reintroduced to a brand-new generation for kids to enjoy. Sharon, Lois, and Bram, a trio from Toronto, began singing "Skinnamarink" in 1978. It gained immense popularity through their Canadian TV show, The Elephant Show. Sharon's talented daughter, Randi, added three new verses to the original song. Today upon its release, it definitely would have gone viral and everyone world-wide would be singing the fun ditty. What in the world does Skinnamarink mean? It's not in the dictionary but after singing the song you will find the meaning is tucked deep in your heart. To kids it means: friendship, happiness, sharing, community, inclusiveness, and of course the ultimate theme.... love! This song has been sung at every venue imaginable: in classrooms, at weddings, along parade routes, and at thousands of concerts, (just to cite and few). When the actions are added with the words the song resounds a powerful message of adoration and happiness. It is an energetic positive way to make hearts, and faces, very happy indeed. Both the young ( by discovering a new song ) and the old ( reliving wonderful memories of the original ) will enjoy the experience of reading or singing such a heartfelt book. I highly, highly recommend it. Come on now.... get your Skinnamarink on.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Johnston

    So full disclosure: I was bawling my eyes out the entire time I was reading this book. It all began with the very touching introduction and it didn't really let up from there. I was one of the children that grew up with Sharon, Lois, and Bram and "The Elephant Show" so this song is very near and dear to my heart. The book does the song and the trio justice and is a beautiful tribute to their legacy. The illustrations are bright and colourful and include a diverse cast singing and dancing along So full disclosure: I was bawling my eyes out the entire time I was reading this book. It all began with the very touching introduction and it didn't really let up from there. I was one of the children that grew up with Sharon, Lois, and Bram and "The Elephant Show" so this song is very near and dear to my heart. The book does the song and the trio justice and is a beautiful tribute to their legacy. The illustrations are bright and colourful and include a diverse cast singing and dancing along to the iconic tune. And the extra special touch for us die-hard fans is that you can hear Sharon, Lois and Bram singing to you the whole time you're reading this work. It is wonderfully nostalgic. And while there are only two pictures that include the trio themselves, the last one really brought on the waterworks as they each sing their catchphrases in between the final "I love yous" (for example, "I love your singing!") UGH. Tears. All the tears. I really cannot express how amazing this book is. Please do yourself a favor and read this work. It is absolutely incredible and so very touching. And as Sharon and Bram are about to embark on their final farewell tour, this book is very timely. Canadian libraries: stock up on this work and boxes of tissues! There's going to be lots of parents who will need them!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cariadne

    When I 1st heard this song, it was at the library with my 2yr-old daughter sitting in my lap. It was such a joyful thing for us to sing together at the library with other children and the Skinnamarink song was so delightful, I tried to put it into memory. I wasn't successful. The title alone was a toughie to figure out. With the roar of children and parents, it kind of sounded like "Stinky marinky" to me. It made my kiddo laugh on the way home as we tried to figure it out. So, I'm happy there's When I 1st heard this song, it was at the library with my 2yr-old daughter sitting in my lap. It was such a joyful thing for us to sing together at the library with other children and the Skinnamarink song was so delightful, I tried to put it into memory. I wasn't successful. The title alone was a toughie to figure out. With the roar of children and parents, it kind of sounded like "Stinky marinky" to me. It made my kiddo laugh on the way home as we tried to figure it out. So, I'm happy there's finally a book. I just wish there was audio/CD to go with it. However, the authors changed up the lyrics and this no longer sounds the same to me. Also, without the great chords, it's hard to conjure up the same melody and happiness the song evokes. The art is fine and I'm sure it'll still translate to hard core fans, but I think this book needs more (beyond it's pencil drawings) to move this to the lyrical treasure it should be.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I was thrilled to receive an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley because the song Skinnamarink has such sentimental value for me. I remember watching the Elephant Show as a kid and watching the elephants on the spider web while this song was being sung. Then when I became a 1st grade teacher, I sang a modified version at the end of each school day. When my children were babies and toddlers, they heard me sing this song before each and every nap and bedtime. Needless to say, I've song the I was thrilled to receive an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley because the song Skinnamarink has such sentimental value for me. I remember watching the Elephant Show as a kid and watching the elephants on the spider web while this song was being sung. Then when I became a 1st grade teacher, I sang a modified version at the end of each school day. When my children were babies and toddlers, they heard me sing this song before each and every nap and bedtime. Needless to say, I've song the Skinnamarink song literally hundreds of times and it has never got old for me or any of these children. I just finished reading the book with my 5 and 8 year old children and they were delighted with the illustrations and new verses that were added to the book. I plan on purchasing copies of this book to give out at baby showers or birthday parties that we get invited to in the future. Every family should have a copy of this book to read with their young ones.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lizz DiCesare

    I remember growing up and singing Skinnamarink with my brothers and parents. It was always a favourite in our house, and we were lucky enough to see Sharon, Lois and Bram live. This little book brings the song to life once again, and everyone who gets a copy will surely find themselves singing instead of reading. The illustrations are a wonderful addition, and show humans and animals alike showcasing what Skinnamarink truly means: love, friendship, and being there for each other when needed. I remember growing up and singing Skinnamarink with my brothers and parents. It was always a favourite in our house, and we were lucky enough to see Sharon, Lois and Bram live. This little book brings the song to life once again, and everyone who gets a copy will surely find themselves singing instead of reading. The illustrations are a wonderful addition, and show humans and animals alike showcasing what Skinnamarink truly means: love, friendship, and being there for each other when needed. This book is truly delightful, and people of all ages will enjoy sharing it with one another. It'd be a great addition to a little one's library, or a sentimental gift for an adult who grew up with Sharon, Lois and Bram. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC to review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sadina Shawver

    I still don't know how I found this book. I must've seen it in passing somewhere and immediately needed to buy it; originally only for sentimental reasons. When I was just a toddler, my Mom would sing this song to me but change the word to "Sadina-marink". I never heard this song outside of my mother softly singing it to me in moments when she was overcome with love for me or when I needed to be soothed. I actually grew up thinking it was her song to me. She suddenly passed away without preamble I still don't know how I found this book. I must've seen it in passing somewhere and immediately needed to buy it; originally only for sentimental reasons. When I was just a toddler, my Mom would sing this song to me but change the word to "Sadina-marink". I never heard this song outside of my mother softly singing it to me in moments when she was overcome with love for me or when I needed to be soothed. I actually grew up thinking it was her song to me. She suddenly passed away without preamble two years ago and I found this book when I needed it. Reading this picture book feels like catching fireflies in our backyard while I listen to my mother softly sing "Sadina-marink" from our back porch.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Austin

    What a fabulous illustrated version of the infamous and widely known 'Skinnamarink a dinky dink....' song. Cover blurb says it's 'a sing-aloud story that celebrates love, community and the joy of music.' yes, it is and so much more. Beautifully rendered art, full colour pages, so much going on, they're a story unto themselves! It's a fanciful, happy, fun read aloud for the 4-8 kids but, really, a terrific book to share as a family. Besides, Sharon, Lois and Bram have been household names for over What a fabulous illustrated version of the infamous and widely known 'Skinnamarink a dinky dink....' song. Cover blurb says it's 'a sing-aloud story that celebrates love, community and the joy of music.' yes, it is and so much more. Beautifully rendered art, full colour pages, so much going on, they're a story unto themselves! It's a fanciful, happy, fun read aloud for the 4-8 kids but, really, a terrific book to share as a family. Besides, Sharon, Lois and Bram have been household names for over 40 years. This is a unique tribute to the happiness they've brought to not just Canadian audiences, but to so many across the continent and beyond. Hint: makes a great stocking stuffer!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tina M

    The Skinnamarink song is a lovely tune that I warmly remember from my childhood, and this book is a charming way to share it with a new generation. The illustrations are well-suited to the book and include diverse groups of people, reflecting the inclusive world in which we live. I think it's a timely book, as you can't have too much love in the world! Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an e-book in exchange for an honest review. I'll certainly be purchasing a print copy The Skinnamarink song is a lovely tune that I warmly remember from my childhood, and this book is a charming way to share it with a new generation. The illustrations are well-suited to the book and include diverse groups of people, reflecting the inclusive world in which we live. I think it's a timely book, as you can't have too much love in the world! Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an e-book in exchange for an honest review. I'll certainly be purchasing a print copy of this beautiful book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    As someone whose childhood was shaped by Sharon, Lois and Bram and Skinnamarink, knowing there's a new children's book keeping the song alive into this generation of children, makes me very happy. Today's children need more wholesome children's programming! I loved the illustrations that brought the song to life....very whimsical! I also loved that I now know more verses to the song! I received this story from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    Funny! A co-worker and I were just speaking about this song last week! I've even heard it sung during grievance meetings. All involved had to sing it before starting grievances. Pretty good idea really. It actually is very effective. I'm happy to find it in book form, with added verses, no less; so excited! I look forward to teaching it to more kids I enjoyed the illustrations, too. so fun! I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Reading Mom.me

    What’s not to love about a book featuring a song from so many people’s childhood! I absolutely loved reading this book to my 4 year old and the children in my daycare. Everyone was singing along and doing the actions by the end. I loved the additional lines to the song and the illustrations are very sweet. If this song was as big of a part of your childhood as mine definitely pick up a copy to share with your little ones! Thank you net galley for my ARC in exchange for my honest review

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Tundra Books through NetGalley. This famous song is captured perfectly through the additional verses and all inclusive illustrations. Readers from another generation will join the millions who know this song and appreciate the love it celebrates. Note that the song will stay with you after you finish the book. Don't miss the details included in the illustrations. Looking forward to sharing this with our grandchildren.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan Schmelzer

    Sharon, Lois, and Bram's Skinnamarink is a story that brought back all the feels. As a now grown adult, I have fond memories of the show that featured the Skinnamarink song. It was a huge part of my childhood, and I was so excited to see that this book is bringing back for a new generation to discover and love. This new story is beautifully illustrated, and it features the entire lyrics of the famous Skinnamarink theme song.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This picture book is a beautifully illustrated version of the well-known song. It features two additional verses and repeats the chorus after each with characters demonstrating the hand movements at the bottom of the page. I have no doubt this will be a popular picture book and hope it moves to a board book too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    Fantastic! One of my favorite childhood songs now available as a book that my own daughter and I can read/sing-a-long to! I love the info at the beginning about the song along with all of the cute illustrations throughout. This is a must own in any child’s book collection. *Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    I so remember this song from my childhood and I still get it stuck in my head. Someone finally took the song and put illustrations to it. Beware, you are likely to get Skinnamarink stuck in your head. The originators of the song even wrote new verses just for the book. I am in love and need this for my shelf and all my kids friends shelves.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leah Horton

    A children’s classic. This song is everything about my childhood. Fun. Catchy. Exciting. Skin a marinky dinky dink... it’s pretty hard not to sing along and feel joyful when you do! I love all of the extra verses and I love the images. I would absolutely buy this for my kids and as gifts to others. I would share this beautiful piece of my childhood with everyone.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    What a delight as people of all ages and animals share this song with enthusiasm and love. I’ll be giving copies and will be looking for Sharon, Lois, and Bram’s audio version to share with my grandkids and niece this Christmas. I’m also thinking of ordering a copy for our terrific music teacher at school. I appreciate receiving this advanced readers copy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    Excellent! Great fun. I really enjoyed this version of the lyrics. The illustrations are a great compliment. It was engaging to see the three singers incorporated into the pictures. Another winning title from Tundra Books. #LibraryThing #Skinnamarink #TundraBooks

  26. 5 out of 5

    Neha Thakkar

    Just love this one. I sang Skinnamarink with my family and with Lamb Chop, Sharon, Lois, and Bram. My daughter now sings the song and I look forward to sharing this book with her, along with my little students so they hear and know this song of everyday love too.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christina L

    Thank you to netgalley for providing a copy of this book for us to review! Books that you can sing to are my favorite and this did not disappoint. There are several extra verses to this familiar song all with the message of loving your child. My 4 year old loved it! The illustrations are also cute.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    I loved the Elephant Show with Sharon, Lois and Bram in the 80's and they're version of Skinnamarink is the only one for me. I enjoy how this book got fleshed out with extra verses and an inclusive cast of characters.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    I think there are a lot of people in my age group that will remember Sharon, Lois, and Bram from their television show. Now, their iconic song is in a children's book. The illustrations were perfect for the kind of fun and inclusive show. There was a sense of humor. There were also a couple of verses I didn't know. But I have had that song in my head all day now...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Library

    An old song put into book format. The illustrations are really cute. I'm not sure how many younger children will know the song, and I'm not sure how many parents would actually like them to know the song.

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