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Thursday, August 18, 2016

The CanDos on KaVroo


Hey CanDos!  We have some exciting news,
We’re on the radio, The CanDos on KaVroo!

Well not officially until the tower goes up next year but we have been asked to create a radio show for KVRU 105.7 FM.  We are honored to be a part of this new community station and we are excited to bring free early education to the children of the
Rainier Valley in Seattle Washington and to the children of the world by live streaming on www.KVRU.org.


Candy and Cody take over the station for a half an hour variety show that features the ABC’s and 123’s, Music, Math, Geography, Letters, Numbers, Stories too, we’re the CanDos on KaVroo!

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Our first official review!!
Thank you Mr. Edwards💜💗💙💚
Ellie the Elephant: An Enchanting, Encouraging Audiobook
Ellie The Elephant, is a delightful story that not only entertains but has an important life lesson for listeners of all ages.
This bedtime tale, the second in a series of stories with moral from Heidie Stanton-Sharpe’s The CanDoPuppet Company recounts the tale of Ellie the Elephant as she searches through Paris for her lost pink beret. Ellie’s adventure is augmented with a catchy, singable tune that recounts the action. Each stanza represents a stop where Ellie makes new friends and acquires new, colorful gifts. Sadly, however, none of them are the beloved pink beret, which eludes her through the end of the story.
While this may sound like a disappointing end for a children’s tale, Ellie’s story ultimately provides an unexpected twist and an important, even sophisticated life-lesson about appreciating all you have instead of focusing on what you don’t. Ellie culminates with the song,“Attitude of Gratitude” which delivers the story’s lessen. Some listeners will recognize Haben Abraham, the sweetheart of America’s Got Talent, season 4, as the voice of Ellie.
A charming and positive counterpoint to superheroes and transforming robots, Ellie the Elephant isn't just a tale parents can feel good about sharing with their children, it’s one they’ll find themselves singing along with, too!
Ellie The Elephant is available from the Can-Do Shop at the www.thecandos.com
John Edwards is a freelance writer and father of three living in the Bay Area. He has written animation and children’s books for Warner Bros. and Walt Disney.. His original children’s book, The Tryceratops, was published in 2015.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Okay CanDos, it's here!!!!!!!!!

"ELLIE THE ELEPHANT" is available for purchase!!!

It's a sunny spring time day in Paris and Ellie is out for a walk when she loses her new pink beret.  Follow Ellie on her adventures, as she learns an important lesson about letting go and being grateful.

This audio book has three original songs performed by America's sweetheart Haben Abraham.

Order yours today and help us continue to provide free early education to the next generation.

Featuring the catchy single "ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE"

To hear samples visit us on ITunes under The CanDos in the song section.
Attitude of Gratitude (feat. Haben Abraham) - Single by The CanDos

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ellie-the-elephant-single/id1116856364?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

http://www.thecandos.com/books.html

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The CanDos Bring A Book To Life Tour 2016


We kicked off our Bring A Book To Life Tour on January 16th at Mukilteo Elementary.  It was our first public reading of our very first bedtime tale “The Tree that I Am”.  We arrived ready to read for 3 classrooms and ended up reading to 6 different rooms with an invitation to come back for the 3rd grade classes and the kindergartners, the following week.

I have to admit, I was a bit nervous about how the kids would react, if they would like the story or understand it.  If they would be too cool to enjoy the puppets or just plain not interested in Billie and I.  After all, this is a story that I have loved for years and it was my first time sharing it with the audience that it was create for.

As we sat down to read, it all fell into place, the music and sound of Candy’s voice coming through the speaker, watching her come to life as she read my words, seeing butterflies come off the page and the kids laughing and gasping as our book came to life.  It was priceless!

The atmosphere at Mukilteo Elementary and the community they are creating with the kids there is so positive and respectful.  They teach the kids 7 habits that are aligned with our values and beliefs about raising and nurturing children and we are excited to create a partnership with this school that will last for years to come.

Thank you to the Dean and Staff for allowing us to share our story.  It was the most humbling and rewarding experience.  The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we can’t wait to return and share our CanDo message.

Hj Sharpe
Creator
CEO

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Announcing our second cast member!!!

CANDO CASTING IS ALMOST COMPLETE!!!

TO CELEBRATE WE ARE OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCING OUR CAST!!

STAY TUNEd TO SEE WHO IS COMING TO THE CANDOS!!!




Cherry O'Neill is the voice of Nana CanDo!!!!

As the oldest daughter of the legendary crooner Pat Boone, Cherry grew up singing and performing with her sisters. In the 1970's, The Boone sisters released several albums and reached the billboard charts twice. Her family also appeared in numerous variety TV shows and holiday specials, including 4 ABC Pat Boone Family specials in the late 70's. Cherry is an accomplished author, with a book on the NY Times bestseller list in the early 80's, appeared as an on-air host of the Seattle Easter Seal Telethon for 15 years, and is a talented creator. If you're lucky, you can see her perform live on the Seattle-Eastside theater scene. We are blessed to announce Cherry's addition to our cast as our magical, no nonsensical, Nana. Please help us welcome Cherry to the cast as Clara CanDo!!!

Visit Cherry's youtube page to learn more about her
Or go to Wikipedia page and read all about her

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CanDo casting is almost complete!!!

CanDo casting is almost complete!!!

To celebrate we are officially announcing our cast!!

Stay tuned to see who is coming to The CanDos!!!

Haben Abraham is the voice of Candy CanDo.

Haben is the youngest of the EriAm Sisters.  The group gained fame in 2009 when they appeared on America’s Got Talent, Pierce Morgan called them the future and the next Destiny’s Child.  At the age of 12, Haben wrote a song called “Diary” that was never released however after it was leaked, it made it to number one on Hot Radio 105.7 Atlanta for 5 consecutive weeks.  Recently appearing along side her sisters and David Foster performing for the Foster Foundation, Haben is traveling the world and living her dream.  We are blessed to have such an amazing talent starring as our little sweetheart Candy CanDo.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mom, Mommy, Mama, Mother…
The caregiver, the comforter, the advice giver, the cheerleader, the taxi driver, the washer and dryer, the head chef, the diaper changer, the nurse practitioner, the nose blower, the fashion consultant, the party planner, the maid, the Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny… the list goes on and on. As diverse as our roles, you will not find two mothers alike. 

A mother is more than just the person that carries you around for 9 months and births you. A mother is anyone who exemplifies and embodies love for those under her care. Nurturing and raising kids isn't a birthright, it’s a gift! So to all the mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day from the CanDos to you!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015



DON'T PLAY WITH FIRE

As I was perusing the Internet this morning, I came across an article on fire safety.  After completing "Jack Be Nimble" video short, I thought I would give it a read.  

I was shocked to find that 1 in 10 people will experience a house fire in their lifetime and that over 3,000 people lose their lives to house fires in the United States of America every year.  One in ten?  There are 6 of us in my immediate family, and now our oldest is in love and starting a family, that makes 8!  Then add all of my siblings and their offspring and don't forget the grandparents!  That's a total of 34. 
Odds are that at least 3 of the people that I love will experience a house fire at some point in their lives.  What can I do?  Spread awareness! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Overcoming Fears

Recently I went to watch my next neighbor teach swim lessons to toddlers.  Not only was I shocked and amazed at her confidence and resolution as she continued to calmly  rotate screaming kids in and out of the pool, I was mesmerized, traumatized and completely emotionally exhausted by the time I left the water sports parking lot.

I started to think about fear and how we deal with our children's feelings.  Do we indulge their fears, do we release them screaming into the water, or is there a middle ground?  
The truth of what I witnessed is that the kids all had a moment of acceptance and eventually learned to swim.  Was the fear still there? Yes, definitely, but with each little triumph you could see a glimmer confidence replace the fear in their eyes.

As a sat there, lesson after lesson and talked to the parents, I wondered if I could have handed over my child as she begged for her life not to let her go.  All of the feedback was the same, the kids left with a feeling of accomplishment, the parents left confident that if their child ever fell into a pool or lake, they would survive and I left emotionally drained questioning my beliefs about pushing kids through fear.

I realized after I left with much soul searching, I don't think I could  have handed over my screaming child. I have complete respect for the swim coach and the parents who chose this program.  I, however, prefer a more natural approach where we allow our kids to face their fears at their own pace with a gentle nudge.  Both styles come from a place of support and love with valid reasoning behind the choices.  Everyone has their own style of learning and every parent has their own ideas about how to raise children, what I took away from the experience was that  no matter your parenting style, teaching our children to face their fears, is a great way to build their confidence.

Friday, February 13, 2015


Underestimating our Youth.

I believe in our future.  The kids growing up today are exposed to so much information at such a quick pace and they are learning faster than ever.  I believe that our children are capable of so much more than what we ask of them most of the time.  Their brains are little sponges, eager to soak up new knowledge and they are at a phase in their lives where they are so eager to please and want to know everything. 

Have you ever had a conversation with a preschooler when the only word out of their mouth is "why?" You answer, they reply "why?" You answer again. Again you are met with an inquisitive "why?"  This game could go on for hours. Why?  Because kids have a natural desire to learn.

This is a great time to teach them as much as we can.  The only limit is when the child isn't interested.  So our job is to make learning fun and exciting and to continue to feed their insatiable desire to learn.