(My Grandpa Went on His Horse Red)
(My Grandpa and My Grandma)
(Fa, Fa and Flutter)
(One Little, Two Little, Three Little Fingers)
(Flee, Flee Folks)
(Happy Birthday to You )
(Hear, Smith of the Heavens)
(Around My Thoughts and Heart)
(My Little Sister Sigga)
Finger Naming Rhyme
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Featuring sheet music and links to recordings!
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
the songs and what they meant in their lives.
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.
We've also included English language favorites like
"Good King Wenceslas".
And spirituals like "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Iceland and more.
Icelandic Pancakes are called Pönnukökur. They’re served for breakfast and also for special occasions. They’re more like French crepes than thick American pancakes. These pancakes are mainly served two ways, either sprinkled with sugar and rolled up or covered in blueberry (or [...]
Nancy Bienski wrote me: Can anyone translate this Icelandic nursery song? Mér um hug og hjarta nú Mér um hug og hjarta nú hljómar sætir líða. Óma vorljóð óma þú út um grundir víða. [...]
Julie and Beth wrote looking for the origins of two Scandinavian rhymes that are played with little kids while touching their toes. We’re wondering if anyone’s ever heard of these rhymes and perhaps knows what country they’re from and/or anything else about their origins. [...]
I just received some nursery rhymes from Iceland. Since Iceland’s not yet on Mama Lisa’s World, I’ll post one here now as a sneak preview. It’s called My Little Sister Sigga. Here it is in Icelandic, followed by an English translation… Sigga litla systir mín [...]
Lin wrote to me from Indonesia about Kastengels, an Indonesian cookie that’s eaten for the holidays of Lebaran(Eid al-Fitr) and Natal(Christmas). This is what she wrote…. “Kastengels is a kind of cookie that has a rich cheese flavor and aroma. The flavor comes from Edam cheese [...]
Did you know there’s a spoof version ofFrère Jacques in France? It’s a good song for when you’retrying to teach (or learn) the names of fruits and vegetables in French. It’s also helpful for pronunciation. Below are the lyrics with an English translation and an MP3 [...]
Lin wrote to me from Indonesia aboutcookies that are eaten there for the holidays. Happilyshe included links to recipes in caseanyone would like to try to make any of them. Some have fun names like Cat’s Tongue and Elephant Ears! I plan on trying to make a couple and will post the recipes [...]
Here’s a pretty little poem by Christina Rossetti. You can listen tothe mp3 recording and read along with the text below… MP3 Recording of Who Has Seen the Wind Who Has Seen the Wind? By Christina Rossetti Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling, [...]
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 [...]
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