About Mother Goose
"Mother Goose" is the name for the informal collection of nursery rhymes sung by children across the English speaking world. The songs are of diverse origin and many are hundreds of years old. Some scholars speculate that the rhymes originally had political or sociological significance. Though that might be true, such associations have mostly been forgotten. Today, they’re simply fun – symbols of the innocence of youth, the collective property of all children.
A rabbit loves his carrots,
A kitten loves her mouse,
I hope you like the silly rhymes
In Mama Lisa's House!
- Dreaming was written by the Irish poet, William Allingham (1824 – 1889). He wrote this poem for his three children. Here you can listen to the poem while reading along with the text. MP3 Recording of Dreaming Dreaming A strange little Dream On a long star-beam Ran down from the midnight skies, To curly-hair’d Fred […] Read more »
- Alka Patel, a children’s librarian in the US, sent us this opposites song in English, Gujarati and Hindi. Here’s the note I received… I did this opposite song in three languages in my Multilingual story time at my library. I used actions with this song and the kids enjoyed it. This activity is limitless. You […] Read more »
- I’m trying out this widget to see if you can record a rhyme on it and send it to me. This allows you to record a short rhyme (under 90 seconds). Please try it and email me letting me know which rhyme you’re reciting and what language it’s in. Thanks in advance! Mama Lisa Read more »
- Can anyone help with this question from Patti: Hey, Lisa! My Dad and I enjoy sharing our family history through his telling stories of him growing up on the family farm in Cheboygan, MI and on Mackinac Island with his French-Canadian father. At times he will recite old poems and songs from his youth; he’s […] Read more »
- The Chinese poem ?? – Moonlit Night by Liu Fangping was collected in The 300 Tang Poems during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). Below you’ll find the Chinese text of the poem with the pronunciation, an English translation and a recording in Mandarin Chinese. MP3 Recording of Moonlit Night ?? ???????? ?--?---?--???--?---?-?? ???????-? ???-????--?? […] Read more »
- Kids love jokes! That’s why you should check out Buzzfeed’s 19 Clean Jokes To Tell Your Kids...That Are Actually Funny. My favorite: Guy in a library walks up to the librarian and says, ‘I'll have a cheeseburger and fries, please.’ Librarian responds, ‘Sir, you know you're in a library, right?’ Guy says, ‘Oh, sorry. [in […] Read more »
- When I was very little (less than 5 years old), all the kids in my neighborhood used to chant, "How now brown cow!" It turns out that the phrase originally came from Scotland in the 1700’s. Some sources say that, "brown cow" was a phrase that used to mean a barrel of beer because a […] Read more »
- The "Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack" is a poem from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Here’s a wonderful singing rendition of it by Ezwa… MP3 Recording of Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur* belled Once, twice and again! And a doe […] Read more »
- We’ve been asked for help finding the full lyrics to a Caribbean song called, "Emma Lemme (Let Me) Lone". Here’s the info we have so far: Beau wrote: "…looking for a song that I sang in Elementary School – it’s a Caribbean song I think, goes something like "Emma lemme ‘lone, let me lone! Me […] Read more »