Sharon, Lois and Bram’s Skinnamarink
Sharon Hampson, Lois Lillienstein, Bram Morrison
Contributor: Randi Hampson
Illustrations: Qin Leng
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
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!
Sharon, Lois and Bram’s Skinnamarink – Sharon Hampson, Lois Lillienstein, Bram Morrison: