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People everywhere love Christmas - but we don't all celebrate it the same way. Mama Lisa's Christmas Around The World is a celebration of the diversity and love with which many different cultures mark this joyful time of year.You'll read about traditions and songs from many different nations. The songs are given in their original languages and with English translations.What makes the book really special is the many comments from Mama Lisa's correspondents who have shared stories and memories from their own lives. The memories of childhood touch us forever!
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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.
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We hope these books will help foster a love of international children's songs!
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Over 125 songs and rhymes. Each includes the full text in Spanish, with translations into English. Many include links to recordings. Order Here!
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Mali and more.
Archimusic on YouTube has 25 lovely videos of people in Africa singing lullabies from their childhood. They’re not accompanied by the lyrics. But they’re beautiful all the same! Check it out! -Mama Lisa [...]
The Moribayassa is a dance of the Malinke people of West Africa. It’s danced in Guinea, Mali and other West African countries. When women need help with something very important -like becoming pregnant or healing from a sickness- they ask the spirit of Moriba Yassa for help. [...]
Listen to this lovely recording of a group of women singing a lullaby in Mali! MP3 Recording of a Lullaby from Mali If anyone can provide the lyrics to this song, identify the language and/or offer a translation, please email me. Thanks! Mama Lisa [...]
Puppet theater is an important part of the Mali culture. Both masks and puppets are used. The puppets are often made of wood and a rod construction is used with strings. The puppets are anywhere from 1 to 6 feet high. Some of the shows are sacred, some have their roots in folklore [...]
The other day I posted a question about a children’s song that mentioned Timbuktu. We found it! It’s the Australian version of The Sailor Went to Sea. Monique of Mama Lisa’s World en franšais saw the post. She sent me this interesting photo. The sign says “Timbuktu 52 [...]
Nurcan wrote in looking for a song about going to Timbuktu. Here’s what Nurcan wrote... Hi, I found your website and it’s very interesting, learning a lot I didn’t know, in terms of where certain songs come from. However can you assist me? I am trying to work out a song about [...]
The folklorist, Iona Opie died on October 23rd. She was 94 years old. Iona and her husband Peter compiled one of the most comprehensive books about English nursery rhymes called The OxfordDictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1951). As a fellow collector of rhymes and songs, I have great respect for them. [...]
I was thrilled to discover recently that there are rhymes to help kids (and adults) learn how to knit! The most well-known knitting rhyme isto help you remember the basic knit stitch: In through the front door, Around the back Peep through the window, And off jumps Jack! Here’s a quick video [...]
Ayako Egawa shared this recipe for Somen Noodles. She calls it Somen with Kinshitamago (thinly sliced egg crepes) and Okra. Ayako is a frequent contributor to Mama Lisa’s World, sharing the traditions, songs and recipes of Japan. Somen is the name for our noodles that are popular to eat in [...]
The Ant Explorer was written by the humorousAustralian poet, C. J. Dennis (1876– 1938).It was first published inA Book for Kidsin 1921. This poem is about the sugar ant, which comes from Australia Below you can listen to an mp3 recording of the poem and read along with the text. MP3 The Ant [...]
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