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Sharon, Lois and Bram's One Elephant Went Out to Play
By (author): Sharon Hampson By (author): Lois Lillienstein By (author): Bram Morrison By (author): Randi Hampson
Sharon Hampson , Lois Lillienstein , Bram Morrison , Randi Hampson


Tundra Books



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Children: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2
Aug 09, 2022
$21.99 CAD


10.25in x 7.31 x 0.39 in | 0.71 lb

Page Count:

32 pages


Tundra Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Music
From the creators of Skinnamarink comes another picture book based on the classic counting song made famous by this beloved trio of children’s entertainers.

One elephant went out to play upon a spider’s web one day.

She had such enormous fun, that she called for her baby elephant to come.

Sharon, Lois and Bram invite readers to join them in a musical story about a magical spider web. Jungle animals and kids in costume join in the fun on the web, including a glamorous giraffe, a cranky crocodile, a silly, smiley snake and five monkeys. After the 10th animal is invited onto the web, EVERYONE is invited to the party — but is the web strong enough?  

Through Qin Leng’s wonderfully whimsical illustrations, this delightful picture book tells the story of a diverse group of children coming together in play and song. 

Series Overview: From Canada’s beloved trio of children’s entertainers comes a series of picture books based on their iconic songs. 

BELOVED TRIO: These beloved children’s entertainers are known in Canada and around the world.

COMPANION BOOK: This book complements their first book, Skinnamarink, which was a national bestseller and continues to reprint regularly.

ANTHEM FOR DIVERSITY: This book builds on SL&B’s message of love and inclusivity. A diverse cast of children (and animals!) are included in this book. 

CHILDREN’S COUNTING CLASSIC: “One Elephant” is a familiar and fun song for the youngest children learning their first numbers. 

WHIMISICAL ART: Qin Leng’s delightful art is funny, warm and nostagic — the perfect accompaniment to this cherished song.

SHARON HAMPSON, the late LOIS LILLENSTEIN (d. 2015) and BRAM MORRISON are some of Canada’s most famous children’s performers, with fans across North America and around the world. The trio, known simply as Sharon, Lois and Bram, formed in Toronto in 1978 and went on to create two top-rated children’s television shows, The Elephant Show (CBC/Nickelodeon, 1984-88) and Skinnamarink TV (CBC/TLC, 1997-98), and to release 21 full-length albums (many of which reached gold, platinum, double platinum and triple platinum). They have won countless awards and were appointed to the Order of Canada in 2002. In 1998 they performed at the UN General Assembly and in 1994 they performed at the White House Annual Easter Egg Roll and Hunt. They also performed a run at the renowned Palace Theater on Broadway.  In 2018, Sharon and Bram celebrated their 40th anniversary. After Bram’s retirement in 2019, Sharon and her daughter, Randi, continue to entertain children and share their message of love. Their first picture book, Sharon, Lois and Bram’s Skinnamarink was a national bestseller. 

Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

Throughout her career, QIN LENG has illustrated picture books, magazines and book covers with publishers from around the world. Recent picture books include her author/illustrator debut I Am Small; Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen written by Deborah Hopkinson; and A Family Is a Family Is a Family written by Sara O'Leary. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, and received the APALA Award for best picture book. She lives in Toronto, with her husband and her son.

Illustrator Residence: Toronto, Ontario

Publicity: Major digital advertising campaign

Cross promote with Randi and Sharon

Create a calendar of promotional moments, ie: Elephant Day, Back to School, etc

Tie in to Skinnamarink Day organic promo

Author Website: www.sharonloisbram.com (unofficial) / www.qinillustrations.com

Author Social Media: Illustrator: qinleng.tumblr.com / @qinleng (Twitter) / @qinillustrations (Instagram)

An Indigo Best Kids’ Book of 2022

“The jungle animals come alive in this magically illustrated book…While the elephant invites more friends to be part of the fun, monkeys swing from the carefully spun threads of the spider’s web, blowing trumpets and banging cymbals, making it a real party atmosphere.” —CityParent

“[A] delight…. Qin Leng’s ink and watercolour illustrations are humorous and quirky, and add to the attraction of this volume. Highly recommended.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“[F]ull of nostalgia, with some key elements of whimsy and adventure…this makes the book fun for curious readers of all ages.” —The BabySpot

“Warmed my heart as soon as I held it in my hands. Memories flooded of my childhood and singing this song with my mom…[My daughter] quickly picked up the tune and everywhere we went, she brought the book with her to read/sing to anyone who wanted to listen.” —Momma Braga

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