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Figolli are traditional Easter cookies from Malta. They’re typically made during the Lent season and given to family, friends and little ones on Easter. Figolli are similar to shortbread. They have an almond/marzipan filling and are finished off with colorful icing. Each figolla is [...]
In an earlier entry, I wrote about the history of Labor Day. In case you were wondering, here are some of the countries where demonstrations were held or where Labor Day was in some way honored around the world today (in some cases against the wishes of the government)... Russia Belarus Japan [...]
Carnival took place last Tuesday, and last week I presented different songs for the occasion from around the world. Here’s one that I was sent yesterday, from Malta. It’s a little late, but I really like it! Perlini u prinjolata (Maltese) Perlini u prinjolata matul il-karnival dawn huma [...]
Comics are a great way to learn foreign languages! There’s a dual language comic on NPR about dual language learning for children. You can read it here. In addition to being interesting, the comic mentions “Eenie, Meenie Miney Moe” in Spanish. It’s called, Tin marín de dos [...]
Here’s a tongue twister for you… it’s simply, “Black bug’s blood.” Try to say it… it’s harder than it seems… but it’s fun! Here’s an MP3 Recording of Black Bug’s Blood. Thanks to Jason Pomerantz for the recording and to Lee [...]
Juneteenth celebrates June 19th, 1865, when it was announced in the U.S. that slavery was abolished in Texas and the Confederate South. Juneteenth is celebrated on the state level in 45 states. To celebrate, there are public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. People also sing songs like [...]
“Ooey Gooey was a Worm” is a great poem for little kids to learn and recite. The words are as follows: Oooey gooey was a worm And a mighty worm was he He sat upon a railroad track And a train he did not see, Oooey Gooey! You can hear it recited in the video […] [...]
Lawrence Silverman sent us this email about the song, “Nuts in May” with the note, “I grew up (a long time ago) in the depths of rural England when many old customs now forgotten were still observed. I don’t like to think of them being altogether forgotten. I’d be [...]
The moon is a wonderful topic for children. We can all remember the magic of watching the moon follow us on our way home at night. Below you can listen to the poem “The Kind Moon” by Sara Teasdale and read along with the text… MP3 Recording of The Kind Moon The Kind Moon by [...]
“Nurse’s Song” is a poem by William Blake that’s part of his collection called, “Songs of Innocence and Experience.” There are two versions of the poem. The first is from “Songs of Innocence” (1789). In this version, the nurse appreciates the [...]
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With Our New Book 'Kid Songs Around The World'
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - 'Kid Songs Around The World' is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In 'Kid Songs Around The World' we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe.
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music. All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance. Each includes a beautiful illustration.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!