(Lullaby, He's Not Home)
(Eci peci pec)
(I am Little Roza)
(I'm an Orphan)
(We Are Happy Children)
(Ring-a Ring-a Raja)
(Go to Sleep My Baby)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Croatia and more.
"Grandmas Project is a collaborative web-series sharing the recipes and stories of grandmas around the world, filmed by their grandchildren." What a wonderful idea! Check it out at Grandmas Project. There "you can watch films, apply as a filmmaker, explore recipes, share stories [...]
Sanda wrote to us about Croatian lullabies... "If you are looking for real Croatian traditional lullabies, there is a CD of woman group singing klapa. Klapa is traditional form of a capella singing from Dalmatia, on the Croatian coast. [Note from Mama Lisa: Klapa means, ‘a group of [...]
Maury wrote looking for help with a nursery rhyme game from Croatia. Here’s his letter: Dear Lisa, I am trying to locate the correct wording / spelling of the Croatian Nursery game, Mala Misica ( Little Mouse ). Goes something like, Mala Misica kuhali kava, ( Stirring motion [...]
Krampus is a nasty demon with horns and a long red tongue. His name comes from the word for "Claw". He accompanies St. Nick on his rounds the night before St. Nick’s Day (December 6th). St. Nick gives all the good little boys and girls gifts. Krampus, on the [...]
Michael wrote: Hi Lisa, We just returned from a vacation in Croatia. We are German and have 3 little girls. They learned a song from a “mini disco”. I hope you can tell me the name of the song. From what we understood it sounds like this: Kille killi jakasaka okoama bum (repeats) Olee [...]
Guest Blogger, Ed Gawlinski, has been involved in many cultural organizations throughout his life. Here, he discusses Easter traditions in several Eastern European cultures. A common custom is to color hard boiled eggs for Easter. We usually colored them on Good Friday, while eating hot cross [...]
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 [...]
Dan Hughes wrote: When I was a child, my grandmother (born in rural Indiana about 1900) sang me a song about a small dog being killed by running under a horse’s hooves. I think she said they sang it in school. Some of the lyrics, as I remember them: Chorus: With a bow-wow and a […] [...]
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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!