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Abe nono   MP3 Midi
Riding My Horsey   MP3 Midi
On Horsey, Policeman (Lap Song)  MP3 Midi  
Ah Deli Delo (Hand Clapping Rhyme) MP3
Oh! My Beautiful Castle! (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
Oh, The Crocodiles   MP3 Midi  
They Do This Way   MP3 Midi  
At the Clear Spring   MP3 Midi
The Lily of the Valley Round (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
With The Salad (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
Oh The Braid   MP3 Midi
A-fluttering   MP3 Midi  
Inside a Pumpkin   MP3 Midi
Let's Quicken our Pace (Marching Song)  Midi
Lark, Sweet Lark   MP3 Midi
Am stram gram (Choosing Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
To Paris on My Little Grey Horse (Lap Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
Arma, arma, armata   MP3 Midi
Under the Moonlight   MP3 Midi  
Today, Thursday (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
By My Fair One's Side (Traditional Song)  MP3 Midi
Ballad To The Moon   MP3 Midi
Banjo   MP3 Midi
Licebeard   MP3 Midi
Boat on the Water   MP3 Midi
Bayushki, bayu (Lullaby) MP3
Good Appetite   MP3 Midi
Good Morning, William (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi  
Good Day, My Cousin (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
Good Day, Mrs. Moon (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
Hello, Mrs Monday! (Rhyme) MP3
Cadet Rousselle   MP3 Midi  
Canticle of the Stars (Scouts Song)  
This Big Cat Saw It (Finger Play) MP3
This One Catches a Partridge (Finger Play) MP3
Tomorrow's Sunday (Counting-out Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
It's Gugusse   MP3 Midi  
It's The Galette   MP3 Midi
It's the Pretty Day, Three Kings's Day (Kings' Day Song) MP3 Midi
The Little Hen (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
The Wind of the Open Sea (Round)  MP3 Midi
Straw Hat (Jump Rope Song) Midi
Dear Liza   MP3 Midi
Red Sky at Night (Proverb)
Clic, Clac, Clap Your Hands (Hand Clapping Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
Fellow Guilleri   MP3 Midi
Kisses for Mommy Rhyme (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
Rhyme of Colors (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
Drawing Rhyme (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
Painting Rhyme (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
Do You Know Nenette Rintintin? (Counting-out Rhyme) MP3
Dam dam dé dé (Handclapping Song) MP3
In This Stable (A Carol) MP3  
In the Faraway Forest   MP3 Midi  
In My Boat (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
Let's Dance the Nasturtium Dance (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
Tomorrow It's Sunday (Choosing Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
Behind My Aunt's House (Traditional Song)  MP3 Midi
Sleep, Sleepy (Lullaby) MP3
Lullaby, Child, Lullaby (Lullaby)  MP3 Midi
Gently the Day Drifts Off (Lullaby)  MP3 Midi
Sweet Night (A Carol)  MP3 Midi  
Drom, Drom, Drom (Round)  MP3 Midi
Dudule The Cricket   MP3 Midi
She Comes Down the Mountain (Traditional Song)  MP3 Midi
Wind Up the Thread (Chanson mimée)  
Between the Ox and the Gray Ass (A Carol)  MP3 Midi
Between The Two My Heart Fluctuates (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
When Will We Ever Be Good? (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
Go to Sleep, Sweetie (Lullaby)  MP3 Midi
Clap, Clap, Little Hand (Nursery Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
Brother John   MP3
Forehead, Little Forehead (Fingerplay) MP3
Nice Poppy   MP3 Midi
Patapan (A Carol)  MP3 Midi  
June Bug (Rhyme) MP3
The Ferret Runs   MP3 Midi  
Once upon a time… (Rhyme) MP3
There Once Was a Flower (Nursery Rhyme)
It's Raining, Shepherdess (Traditional Song) MP3
They Were Three Boys (Scout Song)  MP3 Midi
It Turns Around (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
I Caught Chickenpox (Rhyme) MP3
I Have Good Tobacco   MP3 Midi
I Love Cake (Kings' Day Song)  MP3 Midi  
I Lost the C on My Clarinet (Children's Marching Song)  MP3 Midi
I've Seen China   MP3 Midi
John of the Moon   MP3 Midi
John Petit   MP3 Midi
I'm Playing with a Ball (Ball Bouncing Rhyme)
I Hear at Our Door (Christmas Song)  MP3 Midi
I Love You (Rhyme) MP3
Merry Christmas! (A Carol) MP3
My Leg Hurts (A Carol)  MP3 Midi
The Lark is on the Branch (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi  
Old Ma Michel   MP3 Midi  
The Birds Wedding   MP3 Midi
The Gypsy Spider   MP3 Midi  
Night Watch (Lullaby)  MP3 Midi
Did You See? (Christmas Song)  MP3 Midi  
Autumn is a Song of Rain (Round)  MP3 Midi
On The Eve of Candlemas (Round)  MP3 Midi
The Good Shepherd (A Carol) MP3
The Good King Dagobert   MP3 Midi  
The Chimes of Vendôme (Round)  MP3 Midi  
The Rooster Is Dead   MP3 Midi  
The Farmer in His Meadow (Circle Game Song)  Midi
The Big Deer (Rhyme)  MP3 Midi  
The Garden (Rhyme)
The Marmoset   MP3 Midi
The Palais Royal (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
The Little Rabbit (Circle Dance) MP3
The Early Morning   MP3 Midi
The Grey Pony   MP3 Midi
King Arthur   MP3 Midi
The Big Clocks Go Tick Tock (Round)  MP3 Midi
Blue Eyes to Heaven Rise (Nursery Rhyme)
London's Burning (Round)  MP3 Midi
On Monday Morning (Children's song)  MP3 Midi
My Little Armoire   MP3 Midi
Mardi Gras is Dead (Jump Rope Song)  MP3 Midi
Marianneke (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
Marion Is Strolling (Traditional Song)  MP3 Midi
Curse You Bell-ringer (Round)  MP3 Midi
Meow, Meow, Last Night (Round)  MP3 Midi
Michaud MP3  
O, Holy Night (A Carol)  MP3 Midi  
My Donkey   MP3 Midi
My Beautiful Fir Tree (Christmas Song)  MP3 Midi
My Little Ball   MP3 Midi
Mustache, Mustached (Action Rhyme)  
Napoleon the First (Hand Clapping Rhyme) MP3
Snow, White Snow   MP3 Midi
Nostradamus Predicted (Round)  MP3 Midi
We Were Three Young Shepherdesses (A Carol)  MP3 Midi
We'll Go to the Woods No More (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi  
Oh! The Good News! (A Carol) MP3
O Come, All Ye Faithful (A Carol)  MP3 Midi  
In the Hollow Paths of the Moor (Lullaby)  MP3 Midi
Pass Pompoms (Game Song)  Midi
Peach, Apple, Pear, Apricot (Nursery Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
Little Squirrel (Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
Little Snail (Nursery Rhyme)  
Little Daddy (Father's Day Song)  MP3 Midi
Little Butter Jar (Tongue-Twister) MP3
Little Thumb (Finger Play)  
Picadelle (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
Pimpanicaille (Counting-out Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
Picnic Gruel (Counting-Out Rhyme) MP3
Fist, Feminine, Godin (Counting-out Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
To Dance the Marine-Congo (Dance Song)  MP3 Midi  
To Cross the Rhone River (Game Song)  MP3 Midi  
When Little Mary   MP3 Midi
When Three Hens   MP3 Midi
What is My Hand Doing? (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
What Time Is It? (Nursery Rhyme) MP3
Row, Row, Let's Row   MP3 Midi
Little Round, Oats (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
Sardine catedin (Counting-out Rhyme)
If You Want to Make Me Happy (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
A Spider on the Floor (Nursery Rhyme)  MP3 Midi  
On the North Bridge   MP3 Midi
Tick Tock (Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
Knock, Knock, Knock (Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
Spin, Spin, Little Mill (Nursery Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
Dance All in a Circle (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
Three Little Cats (Handclapping Song)  MP3 Midi
You Fear Your Father (Children's Game)
One Goose, Two Geese (Counting-out Rhyme) MP3
A Grey Hen (Lullaby)  
A Hen on a Wall (Nursery Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
A Green Mouse (Nursery Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
A Little Man (Rhyme) MP3
A Little Man not Taller Than a Rat (Sorting Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
A Little Dog (Counting-out Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
A Little Pig (Counting-out Rhyme)  MP3 Midi
A Little Man on an Inkpot (Sorting Rhyme) MP3
On A Saturday Evening (Circle Game) MP3
Fresh Wind, Morning Wind (Round)  MP3 Midi  
Long Live Water   MP3 Midi
Here Comes the Wind (Folk Song) MP3 Midi  
Here is Tom Thumb (Finger Play) MP3
Fly, Fly Butterfly (Nursery Rhyme)  
X. A. X. B. (Hand Clapping Song) MP3
 
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