Size Small was a Canadian children's music album series, turned television series, first produced in 1980. Written by and starring the Lumby family, characters included Miss Helen (played by Helen Lumby ), Oliver (John Lumby Jr. ), Grandma Gussie (Lisa Lumby-Richards ), Stampade (Jeff Lumby ), and Friend Record, a giant record who plays the spoons. Other characters included puppets such as Hatchet (a beaver), Renfrew (a dog), Gasper (a skunk), Gifford (a gopher), Cooter (a coyote) and the triplets Webster, Dee Dee and Tug. Size Small is based off a predecessor series, Miss Helen's Kindergarten Party, dating back to the late 1950s on CFQC-TV in Saskatoon.
The television series, launched in 1982, was a huge hit in Canada and around the world; it also aired on some PBS member stations in the United States, at least during 1987. Spin-offs included Size Small Country (1983) and Size Small Island (1986). A Size Small Christmas special was also produced in 1984.
Size Small was originally produced in Winnipeg , Manitoba at CKND-TV .[citation needed ] The show's production would later move in 1987 to CFSK-TV in Saskatoon , Saskatchewan ; when CFSK and its sister station in Regina , CFRE-TV , first went on the air on September 6, 1987, Helen Lumby hosted a 30-minute special "signing on" broadcast that was the first program aired on both stations.
A series of Size Small records were produced, featuring songs performed on the show. They were advertised at the end of every episode of the TV show, where they could be purchased by mail order.
The show re-aired on YTV in the early 1990s, with advertisements for the records removed.