"Pam Donkin has a great reputation for her earlier CDs and her work as a performer
and host of the children’s show “Kaleidoscope Kids.” She brings all of that experience
to her latest country-tinged CD. The CD has real charm throughout, with great twangy guitar riffs and violin
and piano here and there. There are lessons about the solar system, the cycle of water and even math, all
of it keeping things lively from beginning to end. 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
"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
"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. As well, many of the selections
encourage appreciation for and thoughts about nature. Without being
didactic, the songs informally present easily grasped facts and ideas that
can take root and grow. Donkin’s look at the natural world starts
underground as worms go “Wigglin’ Around” and travels above the earth in
“The Solar System.” The tunes, delivered mostly in a nice old-fashioned
country style, give kids a sweet, enjoyable way to expend some energy and
learn a few simple lessons. Donkin’s warm, friendly voice is most
— Paul Shackman, American Library Association Booklist, Aug 2007
"Pam Donkin reminds us that play is child's work on her latest
recording. The singer/composer employs a variety of musical styles in
these 18 songs—including country, boogie-woogie, Mediterranean, and
rhythmically spoken—to send messages and offer fun activities and story
time fillers for young listeners. Children will find it hard to sit still
during "A Hop, Skip and a Jump," "Clap Your Hands Now," "What Shall We
Do?," and "Wiggling Around." They will have fun learning as they sing
"Kindness Is Everywhere," "Families All Over the World," "Planting Seeds
of Love," "Nature's Fun and Fancy Free," and "Water Cycle Song."
Librarians will appreciate adding "Little Red Train," "Gotta Get the
Beat," "It Rained All Day," "Five Woodpeckers," and other songs to story
time. In most songs, a bass provides the percussive beat with guitar,
piano, and fiddle providing melodies and harmonies. A chorus of children
in several pieces encourages participation. Using a computer, two MP3
songs (wonderful for opening and closing story times), lyrics for all
songs, activity guides (including curriculum connections), and a music
video ("Everything Works Out Perfectly") can be accessed. A great choice
for libraries and day care facilities."
— Stephanie Bange, School Library Journal
"Pam Donkin sings and plays light and gentle songs, employing mainly
acoustic instruments and a child-centered approach for getting kids to
move their bodies. Songs such as “Kindness is Everywhere,” “Families All
Over The World,” and “Nature's Fun and Fancy Free” are representative of
Donkin's intelligent and optimistic lyrics. Backed by some great,
bluegrass influenced banjos and fiddles, the collection is refreshingly
free of glitz and hype. Listeners' immediate impression is that Ms. Donkin
really enjoys singing for children. This well produced CD includes a bonus
section, which when accessed on the computer, provides printable lyrics,
an activity guide, and additional songs and videos. 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
"Pam Donkin is a veteran teacher and entertainer who has a clear idea of what
young children want and need from their musical experiences. This CD is filled with songs that will get
kids up and moving and singing along, too. The 18 tracks are a mix of original and traditional songs
performed in a gentle, acoustic style with Donkin’s clear voice leading the way. And speaking of her
voice, it is smooth and inviting—you can even hear her smiling as she sings and calls you to come along
— Fred Koch, Chicago Parent Magazine
"Perfect for the wee ones, Donkin’s infectious love of music and children exudes in every
song. This tons-of-fun CD, that features diverse styles of music. is a playground of fun for everyone!"
— Dianne de Las Casas, STORY CONNECTION EXPRESS – MARCH 2007
"The excitement is high as the students in my 16 weekly pre-schools and I explore this new
collection. Sooooooooooooo easy to learn and add movements. No end to the potential as you zip in new ideas.
Thanks, Pam, for a musical pinata."
— Liz Hannan, Montessori Music Teacher
"One of the things I like about the "Hop, Skip, and a Jump" CD is that it sounds like Pam
enjoys singing the songs. There is a happy quality that comes across in Pam's voice that I think toddlers will