(Round, Round of Roses)
(This Is the Thumb)
(John from the Mosquito Hole)
(Little Rabbit in Your Burrow)
(Sleep, Little Child, Sleep!)
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Alsace and more.
Monique Palomares wrote to us about Easter cuisine in France… Down here in the South, we have the expression "faire p‚quette". It means to have a picnic in the countryside on Easter Monday. The traditional dessert is a sweet omelette (beat eggs and sugar and cook it in a frying [...]
Zimtsterne literally translates from German to English as Cinnamon Stars. They’re Cinnamon Star Cookies These cookies are a specialty of Germany, Austria, Alsace (Region of France) and Switzerland. They’re made for Christmas and in Alsace, they’re part of the "bredele" [...]
Bredele are Christmas cookies from the Alsace region of France. The word bredele is Alsatian in origin. Alsatian is a German dialect. The region of Alsace is on the border of Germany. It has switched hands between Germany and France four times since 1871. Yet "bredele" predates [...]
There’s a type of cookie in France that’s specifically made for Christmas. It’s called Bredele and they’re from Alsace. Bredele are small, sweet biscuits. There are many varieties including anis bredele (recipe below), butterbredle (similar to sugar cookies but [...]
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 […] [...]
Bojan Aleksi? shared this Serbian version of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” that he translated from the English and sang on the YouTube below… Bojan wrote, “I managed to translate it so that the original thought stays the same while also rhyming like the original.” Jedan [...]
The beauty of the poem “Fog” by Carl Sandburg lies in its simplicity. You can read the poem below and listen along withthe recording… MP3 of Carl Sandburg’s Poem Fog Fog The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves [...]
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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.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!
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