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Kid Songs and Rhymes of
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Nahuatl

English

A Flower Song (Ancient Song)
Tiny Flower (Traditional Song)  

Spanish

English

Acitron in a Fandango (Game Song)  
There's the Moon (Lullaby) MP3  
At the Gates of Heaven (Lullaby)  MP3 Midi  
Lullaby Baby (Lullaby) Midi
The Circle of St. Miguel (Circle Game)  MP3 Midi  
To the Sea Snake (Children's Game Song & Wedding Song)  MP3 Midi
The Slipper Behind You Game (Circle Game Song)  Midi  
My Donkey   Midi  
Anton Pirulero   MP3 Midi  
This Snail (Counting-out Rhyme)  
Rice Pudding   MP3 Midi
Hush-a-bye (Lullaby) MP3  
Jump Over the Board   MP3 Midi
Carol to Ask for Lodging (A Carol)  MP3 Midi
Songs for Breaking the Piñata (Breaking the Piñata Song)  Midi  
Pretty Little Darling (Traditional Song)  Midi  
Five Little Elephants (Finger Play) MP3
When I Was a Child (Handclapping Rhyme)
Cuckoo, Sang the Frog   MP3 Midi  
All the Colors (Folk Song)  Midi  
Lady White (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi  
Sleep Baby (Lullaby) MP3
The Donkey (Counting-out Rhyme) MP3
Milano (Children's Game Song)  
The Toad (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
The Buzzard (Game Song)  Midi
Tonight It's Christmas Eve (Christmas Song)  Midi  
There Was a Cat (Counting Out Rhyme)
This Sweet Baby (Lullaby)  MP3 Midi
Guanchilopostle (Circle Game Song) MP3
Janie the Pig (Rhyme)
Adelita (Folk Song) MP3
The House Was Falling (Finger Play)
The Blue Dove (Circle Game Song)  Midi
The Blue Dove (Mariachi)  
The Ivory Statues (Game Song)  
Little Morning (Birthday and Mother's Day Song) MP3  
Old Agnes (Children's Game)
The Names of the Fingers (Finger Play) MP3
The Little Chickens   MP3 Midi  
Little Martin   MP3 Midi  
Nana Caliche (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi
Sweet Orange   MP3 Midi
Pancho Villa (Rhyme)
Pin Pon   MP3 Midi
St. Seraphim of the Mount (Circle Game Song)  MP3 Midi  
Mrs. Santana (Lullaby)  MP3 Midi
Tin Marin, Two Big Ones (Counting-out Rhyme) MP3  
One Hour, The Rooster Sleeps (Children's Chant)
An Old Rat   MP3 Midi
The Ten Puppies   MP3 Midi
White Shoe, Blue Shoe (Counting-out Rhyme)  
 
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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of Mexico:
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    Below is an interesting documentary about the Mexican Day of the Dead filmed in 1957. This quote from the video gives an idea of the feeling behind the Day of the Dead: "Tears are shed for the living. We never shed tears for the dead. We must be very careful that no tears drop on this day... Read more »
  • Marlena wrote asking for help with a Spanish kids song or lullaby.  Here’s her email: Hi,  I am looking for a song with the refrain "soongee, soongee, soongee" that is sung to infants.    The song is in Spanish.  My grandparents were originally from Mexico.  My family has sung that song to babies ever since I can... Read more »
  • We were sent these two songs from Mexico but can’t find any information about them.  We’re wondering if anyone knows anything about them such as: Do they have an author or are they anonymously written?  Approximately how old are they? Any info about these songs would be very helpful.  Please comment below if you can help. Thanks in... Read more »
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    The fifteenth birthday is very important for girls in many Latin American countries and in some Hispanic communities in the US.  It’s called Quince or Quinceañera (15 years).  It marks a girl becoming an adult.  It’s a bit like the Jewish Bar Mitzvah, a Sweet 16 Party and a Debutante Ball all mixed into one. ... Read more »
  • Yesterday, we posted a request for information about the Mexican song "Bate bate chocolate".  Today, we found a slightly different version that may refer to a recipe.  Here it is: Bate bate chocolate (Spanish Lyrics) Bate bate chocolate, con arroz y con tomate... Read more »
  • David Kramer posted the following question on Mama Lisa’s World’s Facebook Wall asking about the Mexican song "Bate bate chocolate".  Here’s what he wrote: "El Chocolate – does anyone know definitively whether Jose Luis Orozco has the rights to this song? (Uno dos tres, cho, uno dos tres, cho … Bate Bate Chocolate.) I thought for... Read more »
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    Here’s a poem fitting for the Day of the Dead.  It’s called A una calavera (To a skull) and was written by Lope de Vega (1562 – 1635), a Spanish poet and playwright. A una calavera by Lope de Vega Esta cabeza, cuando viva, tuvo... Read more »
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    Calaveras literally means "skulls". Calaveras are poems recited for the Day of the Dead (All Souls Day) in Mexico.  They’re satirical poems that poke fun at people in a way that suggests they’re dead, even though they’re alive.  Often the people being satirized are politicians and other people in power or in the public... Read more »
  • Noche de paz is the Spanish version of Silent Night. This Christmas Carol was originally written in German in 1816 by Joseph Mohr. It was called Stille Nacht. Below you can listen to Noche de paz, read the Spanish lyrics and then a literal English translation of the Spanish version. MP3 Recording of... Read more »

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