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Sharon, Lois and Bram's One Elephant Went Out to Play

by (author) Sharon Hampson, Lois Lillienstein, Bram Morrison & Randi Hampson

illustrated by Qin Leng

Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Music, Diversity & Multicultural, Friendship
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


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.

About the authors

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Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China. At the age of five, she moved with her family to Bordeaux, France, where she spent the next four years. Soon after, she moved to Montreal, where she spent the rest of her childhood. Having been born in Asia but raised in the West, she uses both cultures as her source of inspiration. Looking at her illustrations, one can see the presence of both East and West.Qin Leng comes from a family of artists, where the visual senses have always been of the utmost importance. She grew up watching her father work with acrylics, pastel, and ink. Father and daughter often spent their days drawing side by side. Drawing first started as a hobby, but soon became a way of expression.Despite her many years of study to become a biologist, Qin decided at the age of 20 to follow the same path as her father and enrolled in the School of Cinema to study Film Animation at Concordia University. She has produced animated shorts, which were nominated in various nationa

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Editorial Reviews

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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