Pam Donkin | A Hop, Skip, and a Jump

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A Hop, Skip, and a Jump

by Pam Donkin

Learning is child's play with this magical blend of music, creative movement, learning and fun in the tradition of Raffi, Ella Jenkins, and Hap Palmer. Giggles, wiggles, twirls and claps introduce language, math, science, listening, and movement games.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Hop, Skip, and a Jump
3:06 $0.99
2. Little Red Train
3:01 $0.99
3. Kitchen Jam
2:57 $0.99
4. Kindness is Everywhere
2:14 $0.99
5. Clap Your Hands Now
3:04 $0.99
6. Families All Over The World
2:05 $0.99
7. Five Fluffy Puppies
3:47 $0.99
8. Solar System
2:02 $0.99
9. Gotta Get The Beat
1:41 $0.99
10. Planting Seeds of Love
2:45 $0.99
11. It Rained All Day
2:15 $0.99
12. What Shall We Do?
2:14 $0.99
13. Nature's Fun and Fancy Free
3:11 $0.99
14. Wigglin' Around
2:33 $0.99
15. Five Woodpeckers
1:53 $0.99
16. Country Lullaby
2:41 $0.99
17. Water Cycle Song
1:55 $0.99
18. Say Goodnight
5:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
“A Hop, Skip, and a Jump” is an enhanced and includes a video and a parent teacher activity guide to the songs.

Winner of four awards!
Creative Child Seal of Excellence
A Parents' Choice Approved Award Winner
Winner of a Children's Music Web Award in two categories!
Best Recording for Babies and Toddlers, ages 0 to 3
Best Recording for Preschoolers, ages 3 to 5

"This wholesome and fun-filled collection is music made purely for the service of children, yet performed to adult standards of musicianship." – Parents’ Choice, Spring 2007

"Repetition, funny animal sounds and inviting lyrics make this CD a winner for kids. On “Fluffy Puppies,” my daughter happily barked along, for example, and she was soon repeating the sing-songy “Woodpecker” lyrics and learning basic subtraction at the same time. This is excellent entertainment for younger kids, who will find plenty to sing — and think about — in the strong mix of 18 songs."
— Toy Directory Monthly

"Pam Donkin’s 18 original songs inspire all kinds of activity. Whether urging listeners to “Clap Your Hands Now,” inviting them to join a “Kitchen Jam,” or insisting they “Gotta Get the Beat,” Donkin both leads and leaves room for creative movement." — American Library Association Booklist

"...will amuse, engage and entertain you and your young good you will want to play along."
- Fred Koch, Chicago Parent Magazine

Pam is an award-winning children’s performer and children’s recording artist on the Gentle Wind label, and has appeared nationally in concerts, schools, libraries and on television and radio programs including Romper Room, Pickleberry Pie & We Like Kids. She lives in the Bay Area, on the San Francisco Peninsula. Pam is host and producer of the children’s TV show, Kaleidoscope Kids. The show airs on 17 public access stations along the San Francisco Peninsula.
Look for Kaleidoscope Kids, on Peninsula TV and Pam's music video,"Music Is Magic", on The Learning Channel.
In addition to offering interactive and educational school assembly programs, library programs, artist residencies & workshops for teachers, Pam directs "Pam Donkin's Children's Chorus", age 5-8, in Atherton CA, and is a registered Music Together® teacher, and licensed Director, working with caregivers on how to enhance and nurture their child's musical development.

"The kids loved being able to interact with the music. Plus, it was upbeat and great for our playgroup. The CD cover was also cute and playful." - Sarah in Omaha, NE

"We liked listening for unusual instruments, very entertaining. A very friendly voice. Nice earthy, kind messages." Presley in Orlando, FL

"Fun CD! My son started dancing & jumping around the very first time he heard this CD. I love the different styles - rock 'n roll, folk/fiddle,blues, rap, etc. Our favorite songs are 'A Hop, Skip...,' 'Little Red Train,' 'Gotta Get the Beat,' and 'Wigglin' Around' - but we like them all!" - Heidi in Chaska, MN



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Denise Mitkus-Peanut Butter Jellyfish-Children's Recording Artis

Upbeat! Full of Variety! Family Friendly! Good for 1st grade too!
Wow! Banjo, Fiddle, Keyboard, velvet vocals! I can't wait to use this awesome CD in my first grade classroom! "Clap Your Hands Now" is a great dancing tune-good for transitions and getting the blood flowing. "Gotta Get the Beat" gets us breathing too, with a natural use of rhythm & rhyme. I love all the songs on this must-have CD!!

Erin Lee Kelly

Hop, Skip, and a Jump is awesome. SO charming!
Hop, Skip, and a Jump is awesome. SO charming! You really have an amazing ability to sound like the friendliest lady ever, without ever sounding condescending or saccharine – and so many people that record for the really little ones sound that way. You are absolutely sincere, and it’s so charming.

Mr. Billy - Kids Rock & Roll Singer/Songwriter

A BIG YES to this little CD
Pam is a treasure, sweet and real. Whenever someone wants my recommendation for "just the right" music for a daycare, pre-k teacher or just their own young ones, this is the CD I suggest. I love the computer extras and the bonus video for EWOP, so two (one for a gift!).

Jim Anger: Elementary readng teacher, folksnger, and children's

Fabulous Music With Topnotch Instrumentation and Important Lessons for Young Chi
Pam Donkin's charming smile can be heard throughout this album as she joyously leads us through each song. There is topnotch instrumentation in the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and keyboard sounds that create the melody frameworks for these wonderful songs, but Pam's sweet, kind gentle voice, though soft in nature, comes rising through and above the instruments to command and lead the songs, never overpowered by the music. Pete Seeger, the grand father of the idea that song can change the world for the better must be feeling totally vindicated when he hears the songs in this album! As a reading teacher and singer, I try to use songs at times as teaching tools to indentify main ideas and details. Songs, with their choruses (main idea statements) and verses (supporting details) are highly effective ways for kids to build up these reading skills. And just as important, the songs can support values and, in the lyrics, teach us important lessons. Pam instinctively knows this and offers us these messages, gently couched in wonderful music. It's no great surprise, once you've heard A Hop, Skip, and a Jump, that this is a 4 award-winning album! I could go on and on. I love this album! for me, it's a "Got to have it!" cd. (Main idea). The music, with all its variety, is wonderful! Songs like "Kindness Is Everywhere," "Families all Over the World (are just like yours and mine),"
and "Planting Seeds of Love" are far beyond excellent in their messages for all of us. (Details)! This album has everything. Songs that teach us kindness and love, acceptance of other folks, no matter the color of skin, songs that share reverence for Grandmother Earth, and songs that make us want to clap and dance and sing along---and we do!
And Pam ends with a wonderful lullaby, in many ways like Malvina Reynolds' "Morning Town Ride." Any positive comparison with that song is a huge compliment. And this one is totally heart-felt. Pam, Thanks for this album!