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Savez-vous planter les choux ?
(French Kids Song)
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This French song is used to teach young children their body parts.

Savez-vous planter les choux ?
Do You Know How to Plant Cabbage?
Chanson enfantine
(French)
Children's Song
(English)

Savez-vous planter les choux ? - French Children's Songs - France - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World, Intro Image


Savez-vous planter les choux
À la mode, à la mode ?
Savez-vous planter les choux
À la mode de chez nous ?

On les plante avec le doigt
À la mode, à la mode
On les plante avec le doigt
À la mode de chez nous.

On les plante avec les mains
À la mode, à la mode ?
On les plante avec les mains
À la mode de chez nous.

On les plante avec le pied
À la mode, à la mode ?
On les plante avec le pied
À la mode de chez nous.

On les plante avec le coude
À la mode, à la mode ?
On les plante avec le coude
À la mode de chez nous.

On les plante avec le nez
À la mode, à la mode ?
On les plante avec le nez
À la mode de chez nous.

Do you know how to plant cabbage
In the fashion, in the fashion,
Do you know how to plant cabbage
In the fashion of our country?

We plant them with the finger
In the fashion, in the fashion,
We plant them with the finger
In the fashion of our country.

We plant them with the hands
In the fashion, in the fashion,
We plant them with the hands
In the fashion of our country.

We plant them with the foot
In the fashion, in the fashion,
We plant them with the foot
In the fashion of our country.

We plant them with the elbow
In the fashion, in the fashion,
We plant them with the elbow
In the fashion of our country.

We plant them with the nose
In the fashion, in the fashion,
We plant them with the nose
In the fashion of our country.

Notes

More verses can be invented.

Game Instructions

First verse: Go around in a circle. Next verses: the children pretend to be planting with the part of the body that has been mentioned.

Photos & Illustrations

Savez-vous planter les choux ? - French Children's Songs - France - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World 1

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for contributing and translating this song (with Mama Lisa) and for creating the midi music.

Illustrations by Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel (1851-1913) from Vieilles Chansons pour les Petits Enfants: Avec Accompagnements / de Ch. M. Widor (1844 - 1937); Illustrations Par M.B. de Monvel. Paris: E. Plon, Nourrit et Cie, [1883]. The images were graphically edited by Lisa Yannucci.

Many thanks to Edit' Dupont for singing this song for us!

MP3: Monique Palomares

Merci beaucoup!

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