(The Elephant March)
(I Seek Not Power, Nor Glory)
(Enten tenten teelika-menten)
(Hane fane fekkun)
(The Mouse Ran Scampering)
(If You're Happy)
(Ride to the Church)
(My Beautiful Rooster Is Dead)
(Fly, Fly Ladybug)
(Fly, Fly Ladybird)
(Head, Shoulder, Bottom, Knees, Toes)
(Happy Birthday to You)
(The Little Circle Turns)
(Little Matty's Car)
( Pium, paum! )
(Mum's Little Piggies)
(Twinkle, Twinkle Star)
(One Two Three, Sit on Daddy's Knee)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
Travel to far away places with our new E-Books Kid Songs Around The World and Lullabies Around The World
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - Mama Lisa's E-books are wonderful ways 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.
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Over 50 lullabies and recordings from all over the world. Each Lullaby includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation.
Kid Songs Around The World and Lullabies Around The World are downloadable e-books, which you will gain access to immediately. (They are not physical books.)
We hope these books will help foster a love of international children's songs!
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A Mama Lisa Book
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 Finland and more.
In America, we celebrate dad on the 3rd Sunday of June by treating him to his favorite meal or spending quality time doing something he loves. But that’s not the case in every country. Every culture has their own ways to show appreciation to their fathers. For example, in South Africa [...]
In Scandinavia, there’s a beautiful celebration in December called Santa Lucia. The celebration started in part of Sweden in the 18th century. It slowly spread to the rest of the country in the 19th century and to most of Scandinavia in the 20th century. Traditionally, to celebrate [...]
Do you remember doing the Bunny Hop? I learnt it as a kid in the early ’70’s in dance class. The Bunny Hop and the Finnish Folk Dance called "Letkajenkka" (aka Letkis) are nearly identical. Both became a dance craze around the world. The Bunny Hop became popular in [...]
Ilona wrote asking for help with a Finnish song her mother taught her. Here’s her email… Our Finnish Mumi taught us a song which started: (Excuse the spelling; also – no umlauts) Semmonen tytto kun sina olet, Sen mina ten vaikka puusta [...]
My friend Maria Hayda, who has family from Ukraine, wrote: "Lisa, pussy willow is what we use for our Easters :) since Eastern Europe is unable to grow palm trees... My Grandmother had a huge bouquet she saved thru the decades. Now I’ve started my own bouquet." According to [...]
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, [...]
Santa Lucia's Day is celebrated on December 13th in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. It commemorates the life of Santa Lucia, who is also known as Saint Lucy. It’s the beginning of the Christmas season in those countries and is a celebration of light - at the time of year when [...]
Here’s a lovely Swedish poem about a moonlit summer night. It was written by Finnish poet Edith Södergran (1892 – 1923). You can listen to the recording below and follow along with the original poem in Swedish. The you’ll find a loose English translation after the poem. MP3 [...]
Teresa Tirado wrote asking about a Finnish lullaby: My recently past grandmother used to sing a Finnish version of Rock A By Baby to me as a child. I am desperately searching for the words and clip so as to be able to learn to sing it to my children. Please if you could help […] [...]
Nikoletta wrote: Dear Mama Lisa, I would like to ask your help. I’m a Hungarian girl (a mother with two children). My grandmother came from Finland, but we can’t speak Finnish. She died in 2000. In my mind there is a song from my children’s age: Tipu, tipu ….. I tried to [...]
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Over 50 songs and rhymes, in French with translations into English. You'll find well-known songs like Frère Jacques, Alouette, and Au claire de la lune, alongside many you may never have heard of. At the end of each item in this book, there's a web address to an online version of the song or rhyme. There we are often able to include sheet music, recordings and videos of performances. We hope this book will help foster a love of French songs and culture all over the world! Order Here!