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Сорока - Сорока
(Russian Finger Play)

Сорока - Сорока is a fingerplay similar to the English, This Little Piggy...

Сорока - Сорока
Magpie - Magpie
Finger Play
Finger Play

Сорока – сорока,
Кашу варила,
Деток кормила.

Это му дала,
Это му дала,
Это му дала,
Это му дала,

A этому не дала-
Ты воды не носил,
Дров не рубил,

Тебе нет ничего!
The adult runs her finger over the baby's palm, like her finger is a ladle and says:

Then the adult bends each of the baby's fingers (except the pinkie) while saying:

The smallest finger is lightly smacked:

Make a helpless gesture:

Magpie - Magpie*,
Cooked the porridge,
Fed it to the little children.

She gave to this one,
She gave to this one,
She gave to this one,
She gave to this one,

But she did not give to this one -
You have not brought water**,
You have not chopped fire-wood.

There is nothing for you!

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*A magpie is a bird in the crow family.
**From the well


Alvena sent us the recording with the note: "My great grandmother says this little poem to my baby cousin which he enjoys."

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Tanya Lavrenov for contributing and translating this song.

Many thanks to Alvena Andriychuk for reciting this for us!

Bolshoe spasibo!

Большое спасибо!

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