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!
- Wow your kid for his or her birthday with this rainbow layer cake! It’s easy to make. Here’s how… (Below you can find quantities of food coloring to get the colors pictured here.) Recipe for Rainbow Layer Cake Ingredients 2 Boxes White Cake Mix (I used Pillsbury Classic White) Ingredients needed to make the cake […] Read more »
- Did you ever hear a song in a movie or on TV that you just loved? Tunefind is a way to identify that song and its performer. It you belong to Spotify, you can listen to the song and add it to one of your Playlists. Otherwise, put the song into YouTube and you just […] Read more »
- Gâteau d’omelettes (Omelet Cake) is a French dish made for brunch, picnics and buffets. It comprises of layers of thin omelets, alternated with ratatouille and tapenade. We present here a recipe shared by Monique from France. We separated out the recipes for Ratatouille and Tapenade and then explained how to assemble the gateau. Regarding the […] Read more »
- The poem July Midnight was written by Amy Lowell. It makes one feel immersed in the magical world of fireflies. You can read it below and listen along with the recording… MP3 Recording of July Midnight July Midnight Fireflies flicker in the tops of trees, Flicker in the lower branches, Skim along the ground. Over […] Read more »
- Slate recently pointed out how the animation studio, Pixar remade some scenes in the movie Inside Out for foreign viewers. One aspect they changed is the vegetable Riley hates as a little kid. For US audiences, it’s broccoli, a cliché vegetable that American kids hate. In Japan, kids love broccoli, so they changed the hated […] Read more »
- Can anyone help with the following question we received about an Italian song? "I have a question: I’d like to know if you can help me identify this song that one of the Italian grandparents would sing to my father-in-law. (They were from the area near Genoa/Luguria.) I know neither the name nor the lyrics, […] Read more »
- Most people associate summer with occasional lightening storms. We found this wonderful Italian poem called Temporale Estivo - "Summer Lightening Storm" . It was written by Federigo Tozzi (1883-1920). Below you can listen to a recording of the poem while reading along with the Italian text, and an English translation. MP3 Recording of Temporale Estivo […] Read more »
- Christina wrote asking for help with an Italian (Calabrese) rhyme. Here’s her email… Hi Lisa, This rhyme has been recited to small children in our family at least since the early 20th century. My paternal grandfather’s parents came to the U.S. in 1913 from Falerna, Catanzaro. They left two children there and subsequently had four […] Read more »