(Around My Thoughts and Heart)
(Fa, Fa and Flutter)
(Flee, Flee Folks)
(Happy Birthday to You )
(Hear, Smith of the Heavens)
(My Grandpa and My Grandma)
(My Grandpa Went on His Horse Red)
(My Little Sister Sigga)
(One Little, Two Little, Three Little Fingers)
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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 [...]
Juneteenth celebrates June 19th, 1865, when it was announced in the U.S. that slavery was abolished in Texas and the Confederate South. Juneteenth is celebrated on the state level in 45 states. To celebrate, there are public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. People also sing songs like [...]
“Ooey Gooey was a Worm” is a great poem for little kids to learn and recite. The words are as follows: Oooey gooey was a worm And a mighty worm was he He sat upon a railroad track And a train he did not see, Oooey Gooey! You can hear it recited in the video […] [...]
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 […] [...]
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