Mary's TestimonialsHi there everyone! I've asked some folks who organized past performances to give me some quotes for you. Here are just a few!
"Mary, I just wanted to tell you that everyone thoroughly enjoyed your performance yesterday. I think your presentation is fantastic, entertaining and educational. I think my brother-in-law (Const. Cliffey) really enjoyed his role as well ;) I know one of our teachers was commenting that she would really like to see you back again, so we will have to work on that next school year. Enjoy your summer! "
- Lori MacKinnon Allan Johnstone School, Hardisty, AB
"My grade one students love Tabitha Marion Evelyn! This book is a fabulous asset to any early education teacher. Not only does this book teach young readers the foundations of opposites, rhyme and rhythm; it also teaches the students about emotions, acceptance and love. Students can easily identify with the character Tabby Toodles, a rambunctious energetic child, who loves to do the opposite of everything her parents say. Despite her stubbornness, and occasional outburst, she is loved unconditionally. This book provides a powerful example to students and teachers about personal identity and being accepted for who they are. What wonderful lessons we can learn from Tabitha Marion Evelyn (Tabby Toodles)! "
- Lisa Kruk, Grade One Teacher, Linsford Park School, Leduc, AB
"Cute, catchy, and contagious are just a few of the words that come to mind while reading debut author Mary Lambert’s new book “Tabitha Marion Evelyn”. This delightful book is an ideal read-aloud as the writing has an uplifting rhythm that will attract the young and the young at heart. Tabitha Marion Evelyn is a charming, loving, and beautifully illustrated story that is sure to become a favorite. "
- Susan Parkinson Calmar Public Library
"Your book is a hit with my granddaughter. She asks to read it aloud whenever she comes over. The images are delightful and the repetition throughout the book has the audience shouting out the opposites before the page is turned. The predictive style is fun to read over and over. "
- Susannah Kotyk, Thorsby Library
"It was great to meet you and especially have you come to Bashaw to ‘entertain the troops’ ! The kids were still pumped days later. Your music quickly left the library. One young mom was desperate for some kids’ music CDs to play to her 5 month old who has decided he doesn’t like car travel unless she sits in the backseat and sings to him ! Their last trip had her out of breath so now it will be YOUR fabulous voice he hears. ( Lucky kid ). "
- Cindy Hunter, Bashaw Library
"I am thrilled you have Purple People Eater on your new CD. I have a very fond memory from my childhood, sitting at a cafe with my parents having milkshakes, and I used some of my allowance money to put Purple People Eater on the juke box. It's amazing what memories/images music can bring back."
- Cheers, Mark Bergin, Writer and Photographer, Kingston, ON
"We loved having Mary come to visit our library. Her presentation was imaginative, creative and engaging. Our theme was Canada 150 and she tailored her concert to fit our theme exactly. The children loved her dynamic personality and had a fantastic time with her interactive performances. We had 2 concerts, one for preschool children and the other for our local Grade 3 students. She was able to adapt her concerts for both age groups and entertained them both equally well. A great time was had by all, we highly recommend her performances to other libraries. Thanks! "
- Liz Bectell, Children's Librarian, Jim and Mary Kearl Library, Cardston, AB
"I just wanted to thank you for inviting us to the Mary Lambert Presentation. She was so engaging. The children adored her. We all learned things about Canada – She was very informative. We appreciate being involved. "
- Annette Bright, Cardston School
"Just a quick note of thanks. The staff and students were thrilled! A great way to begin the week. Thanks again, "
- Dan Curtis, Principal, St. Columban School, Cornwall, ON
"WOW!! What an amazing, energetic, interactive performance Mary Lambert gives. All ages of children and adults were completely captivated for an hour. Mary is an extraordinary performer that every family should see!"
- Kim Dechaine, Programmer, Bonnyville Municipal Library
"Mary Lambert's presentation "Together We Learn" was fun, exciting, and engaging. Students and teachers were actively involved in the presentation through singing, actions, and some even were able to wear costumes! Mary provided an enthusiastic approach to teaching students how to feel safe and how to protect themselves and their friends in tough situations. Students left the presentation feeling happy and were heard singing some of her songs throughout the halls."
- School Administrator in Calgary
"It was wonderful to see how involved and enthusiastic all the children were in the songs. Everyone had something very positive to say about the performance and we look forward to having Mary come back to our school in the future."
- Joanne Friedt, Principal, Bishop Savyrn School, Edmonton
"This is what Michele Snyder (library children's program facilitator) said about the program: 'The final activity for the Jim and Mary Kearl Library's Summer Reading Program was Mary Lambert's "Going Places" concert. This exciting, interactive concert had all the children (and some of the parents) clapping dancing and singing along with old and new songs that fit the "Going Places" theme. Everyone had a great time and would attend another of Mary's concerts in a heartbeat' Thank you for helping making our finale a success!"
- Donna Beazer, Library Manager, Cardston, AB
"We had the pleasure of enjoying 'Sing Out Fire Safety' and 'A Mary Christmas' with Mary. Her enthusiasm and energy captivated the audiences. Mary has a way of keeping the attention of even the youngest child for the entire show. Her participatory style engages both young and old alike. She is one performer we will have back again!"
- Diana Rowe, Starland County FCSS, Morrin, AB
"We have had a very 'Mary' Christmas already! Thank you Mary! The show was engaging and high energy entertainment for both children and adults. You have a beautiful singing voice Mary, and wish you all the best!"
- Kelly Christman, Bassano FCSS Director/Community Worker
"Students at Ecole Mountain View School really enjoyed Marys 'Whole School' concert. It was colourful, high energy and participatory. When the bell rang at the end of the day, I saw many students still singing the songs and hand-jiving while heading out to catch the bus. Thanks for a great show, Mary!"
- Jennifer Dodsworth, Teacher, Hinton, AB
"Mary was a joy and delight to have perform at our Family Literacy Day celebrations here at the library. Her performance was funny and energetic and her music was both simple and catchy! Mary is incredibly comfortable on stage and has a great ability to adapt her performance to whatever audience she is in front of. We will definitely hire Mary again in the near future as she is one of the best performers we have ever had!"
- Emily Richards and staff, Leduc Public Library, AB
"We totally enjoyed having you here on EARTH DAY!. The GO GO GREEN presentations were age appropriate, engaging and fun. We loved them!"
- Stan Travnik, Assistant Principal, Willow Park School, Leduc, AB
"My daughter saw your show today at St.Mary-St Cecelia in Morrisburg. Since she has been home she has been talking all about the show. Described to me everything you were wearing and can not stop singing your songs. We wanted to say thanks for putting on such a great show, she had a blast!"
- Mrs. Allison Caron, mom, Morrisburg, ON
"Thanks so much for coming last night – you were absolutely wonderful, both the children and the parents were fully engaged."
- Jean Keetch, Library Manager, Rimbey Public Library
"We truly loved having you in our school and the kids thoroughly enjoyed your wonderful show. I hope our paths cross again. All the best!"
- Murray Brown, Principal, L. T. Westlake Fine Arts School, Taber
"Mary was so fun, and a consummate professional. Mary performed at our library for a crowd of approximately 75 children and adults. She was experienced with interacting with a young audience and involved kids and adults up on stage. A variety of songs, props, actions, and stories kept the crowd entertained for an hour. It was an entirely enjoyable experience from our very first interaction with Mary. Highly recommended!"
- Barbara Longair, Manager: Childrens Services, Lethbridge Public Library
"Mary Lambert is a terrific entertainer, not only for children, but for whole families! She is absolutely fun and light-hearted, and engages the audience to truly experience joyfulness while she is perfomring. She was able to draw the shyest children and the usually-reserved fathers to the stage, put smiles on every face, young and old alike, and still was patient, sensitive, and careful to not push people beyond their comfort zone. We are so eager to have her return to our area! She is a pleasure to work with, arranging and coordinating the logistics of performing. She was incredibly understanding, flexible, and adaptive for our ever-changing situation. I cannot say enough great things about the Mary Lambert experience! Thank you Mary for your time, energy, and infectious enthusiasm!"
- Rebecca Fitzsimmons, Central Peace Early Childhood Coalition Community Liaison
"Mary's energy, voice and charisma is felt during her interactions with children! The "Go Go Green" event was enjoyed by both students and staff while also giving us another vehicle to engage children in conversation about taking care of our environment! Thanks Mary!"
- Heather Langenhahn, Principal, Meadowlark School, Edmonton, AB
"Mary Lambert was a fun, interactive concert! Children from ages 18 months to grade 3 were entertained for 50 minutes, dancing and singing with her. I would recommend the pyjama party to any group that age and can't wait until we can have her back next year!"
- Michelle Duffy, Parent Link, St. Paul
"Mary Lambert's performance at our school had something for all ages. She has energy and keeps the entire audience active and engaged. It is hard to keep students engaged for a long period of time, but one hour of Mary's performance wasn't long enough!"
- Tim Johnson, Vice-Principal, Ecole Connaught School, Medicine Hat.
"The kids loved your performance! They especially enjoyed the hats that your volunteers got to wear. I heard lots about \"Buzzy the Busy Bully Bee\" song so I will have to use it in my music program. Thanks for your energy and enthusiasm in your performances!"
- Trudy Henry, Principal, Jessie Duncan Elementary School, Penhold, AB
"Mary was fantastic! Mary was very easy to get along with and had everything ready for her performance. The children and families loved her. We had children ranging in age from 2-6 years and Mary had them all involved in silly songs and dances. At one point, she had two unsuspecting parents getting up and being part of her show. Would I have her back? ABSOLUTLEY!"
- Jo Ann Belzile, Director YMCA Castle Downs Child Care, Edmonton, AB
"This performance held the attention of students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 easily. Students were engaged and entertained. I loved how she incorporated students and staff from the audience into her performance. Her messages about self awareness, working together, and standing up against bullying were positive messages that fit so well into our Leader in Me paradigm. Enjoyed the performance very much! Thank you!!"
- Carolyn Meyer, Music Teacher, Warburg School