(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)
Finger Naming Rhyme
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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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 [...]
David wrote to us asking for help with a song from the island of Fyn in Denmark… I need help with this song. It is found in an oral history from my ancestor on the island of Funen (Fyn in Danish) in Denmark; Odense is the capital. Here’s the phonetic version of the song: Socksey [...]
Kit wrote to us looking for help with a song her mom remembers… Mom is 88. She knows part of an old song. No matter how hard we look, we can’t find it. “A silly goose, on apple juice, refreshed herself one day, And then among her friends so young, she wandered on her [...]
Terry wrote asking for help with a Sicilian rhyme… I am trying to track down the rhyme my Sicilian (Sant'Agata, Messina) grandmother used to say to us as children, as she touched each part of our face, ending with a little cheek tap. All I remember is something like… nasca [...]
Maja wrote asking for help with a song… Please could you help me find the lyrics for a song passed down from my great-grandmother?She lived on a large plantation in Trinidad and went to school in England so it could have been a very old British ditty. All I recall are the verses: A [...]
“Go Plant a Tree is a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox from 1918. I thought it was fitting to share with Earth Day coming up this weekend. You can hear a recording of the poem below and read along with the text. Enjoy! -Mama Lisa MP3 Recording of Go Plant a Tree Go Plant a […] [...]
Pam Donkin is a children’s musician whose best known song is “Planting Seeds of Love.” Pam wrote, “The song was written to express that in planting a seed of love in my own heart, I love myself. When I love myself I share that loving-ness with others, planting seeds of love [...]
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With Our New Book 'Kid Songs Around The World'
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - 'Kid Songs Around The World' is a wonderful way 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.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!