(A Clumsy Little Bear was Walking through the Forest)
(A Hare Went Out for a Walk )
(Good Evening To You)
(Granny Ate Peas)
(Hush You Mice!)
(Ladybug Fly to the Sky)
(Magpie - Magpie)
(May There Always Be Sunshine)
(Mouth, Nose, Ears and Eyes)
Clapping Game for Babies
(Some Russian Tongue Twisters)
(The Billy Goat Went to The Stream)
(The Horned Goat Is Coming)
(The Hussars Are Coming)
(The Less Fast You Move)
(The Night Has Come)
(The Priest Had a Dog)
(There Was a Gypsy Who Had a Long Nose)
(The Rooster is Dead)
(The Russian Doll)
(The Squirrel In the Cart)
(The Thieving Magpie)
(Tongue Twisters #2)
(Two Merry Geese)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Guido wrote asking if anyone can help him find a childhood song that’s Russian. Here’s his email: Hello! First of all, let me introduce myself: Guido Ruzzier, born in Trieste, Italy, in 1934. My father, Silvio Ruzzier, was born in Pirano, a small town near Trieste, in 1895: when [...]
Kim wrote asking for help with a Russian song. Here’s her email: I believe this is a Russian folk song I learned at school many years ago. I am unable to remember the last verse, but I do remember the tune. I would appreciate any help to fill in the blanks I believe it [...]
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In Christmas Carols Around The World we've gathered over 75 beloved carols from countries and cultures all around the globe.
Each carol includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation.
Each includes links to recordings on the Mama Lisa website, some by professional
musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help
preserve their culture.
Most include beautiful illustrations and sheet music.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of
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We've included beloved favorites from all over the world like:
"Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down from the Stars)" from Italy.
"Guillô prends ton tambourin (Patapan)" from France.
And "Cantos para pedir posada (Carol to Ask for Lodging)" from Mexico.
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And spirituals like "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
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