(Ali Baba Has a Big Farm)
(A Tiny, Tiny Bird was Frozen)
(Dandini Dandini Dastana)
(Dog and Crow)
(Fly, Fly, My Ladybug)
(I Sell Oil)
Drop the Handkerchief Game
(Song for Our Mommy)
(Sound of the Birds)
(The Crow and The Fox)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
A New Book From Mama Lisa!
With Lullabies From Around The World
A Mama Lisa Book! Over 50 lullabies and recordings from all over the world. Each Lullaby includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation. Order Here!
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Turkey and more.
Singer and Songwriter Sarah Aroeste has shared with us one of her lively Ladino children’s songs. Ladino is a Judeo-Spanish dialect that was originated by Spanish Jews after their expulsion from Spain in 1492. Those who left Spain, including Aroeste's family, carried the medieval [...]
People in the northeastern mountains of Turkey use a form a whistling to communicate with people far away. It’s a version of the Turkish language that’s whistled instead of spoken. The whistles actually translate to Turkish speech. It’s called ku? dili or Whistled [...]
Baba Ghanoush (also spelled baba ghanouj) is an eggplant dip that’s eaten in the Middle East. Variations can be found in Egypt, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Jordon, Lebanon, Turkey and Armenia. Baba Ghanoush is often served with other dips like hummus. Pita bread is usually sliced up and dipped [...]
In Turkey and Turkmenistan, children go door-to-door for Ramadan singing and asking for a gift (like candy or coins). "As the holy month of Ramadan gets under way, children in Turkmenistan are taking part in one of the local customs associated with the holiday: visiting their neighbors and [...]
In the US, we all see the bright holiday lights in December in our neighborhoods. NASA has found such an increase in luminosity that it can be seen from space! A 20 - 50% increase in light during the Christmas season in the US. Here’s an image that shows a similar effect, which can be [...]
Here’s a video to hear animal sounds around the world... Bow Wow Meow – Animal Sounds in Different Languages from properniceinnit on Vimeo. The languages are: English, Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Hindi, Canadian-French, Romanian, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Bengali, [...]
Ernestine Shargool Montgomerie wrote: "Hi Lisa, don’t know if you know this: a FABULOUS Russian project: a series of 20 mesmeric animations accompanying lullabies from all over the world. Stunning!" Below is one of the animations of a Turkish lullaby sung by Mircan Kaya, artist: [...]
People often write me looking for songs about the four seasons, from around the world. Here are some! The links below take you to the different pages on Mama Lisa’s World of International Childrens Songs. There, you’ll find the lyrics in the original languages, with English [...]
This year Eid al-Adha (a holiday that’s also known as Eid Kbir) is held on the 18th to the 20th around the Muslim world. It’s a festival celebrating Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah. Everyone dresses up and goes to the mosque to perform the Eid prayer. Families [...]
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 [...]
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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!
New From Mama Lisa
Our new book, Kid Songs Around the World, features 100 beloved songs and rhymes from all parts of the globe. Each includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation. Most also include SHEET MUSIC and LINKS TO RECORDINGS AND VIDEOS.Order Here!