Lamb Chop – a lamb to love

Overview of the show: Lamb Chop is a precocious female lamb; a sock puppet character made by Shari Lewis. Together the two have discussions, sing songs and get into mischief. On her own, Lamb Chop is often a character in other puppet shows and is curious, inquisitive and generally naughty.

This show is primarily for entertainment; Shari Lewis will often teach the puppets lessons about manners or life (such as chores, responsibility and the like) but most watch it for its good-natured humour and funny puppetry.

There are several iterations of Lamb Chop including “The Shari Lewis Show”, “Play Along”, “Charlie Horse Music Pizza” and a number of specials; all are variety shows filled with comedy, singing, skits and sketches.

Oobi offers kids a helping hand

Overview of the show: Oobi is a somewhat unconventionally produced show as all of its characters are portrayed by hands with large googly eyes on the knuckles; the effect of which is to create faces using hands. This is much like a sock-puppet show without the socks.

The show has several characters – Oobi, his younger sister Uma, his best friend Kako, and his grandfather, Grampu. The plots generally follow the simple experiences of young children – school, eating, dancing, painting, making music etc. Oobi works on developing mathematics, literacy and simple logic.

All of the characters speak in short, incomplete sentences, often communicating without using pronouns, adverbs or adjectives (e.g. “Oobi hungry – eat). The gesticulations of the hands make the meaning clear (Oobi will rub his “stomach” and pick up a fork), and has gained popularity amongst parents with pre-literate children.