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Featured Illustrated Rhymes
Many of these rhymes are accompanied by funny sounds or recordings!


  Baa, baa, black sheep
  Dickory, Dickory, Dare
  Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling
  Fuzzy Wuzzy
  Hey Diddle Diddle
  Humpty Dumpty
  If All the World Were Apple Pie
  Little Drops of Water
  One, Two, Three, Four, Five
  Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
  Pop! Goes the Weasel
  Pussycat, Pussycat
  Rain, Rain, Go Away
  The Man in the Wilderness
  There Once Were Two Cats of Kilkenny
  There Was a Maid On Scrabble Hill
  When I Was a Little Boy

Welcome to Mama Lisa's World, House of English Nursery Rhymes... Here you can find classic Mother Goose and other traditional poems and lullabies from English speaking countries.

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
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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of the world.
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    Did you know that Japanese people do a circle dance to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw"? The version of the tune they dance to is a little slower and they call it the "Oklahoma Mixer"! Sadao Mazuka wrote to us about it from Japan: "In the description on Wikipedia, they say: ‘A slower […] Read more »
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    Monique Palomares wrote about the meaning and history of the Native American song "Ani Couni"… Ani Couni is a Native American song that’s well known in many countries. Yet no one seems to know for certain its true origin. There are many variations of how the title and lyrics are spelled, sometimes Ani Couni, sometimes […] Read more »
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    "Spring Song of the Swallow" is a lovely poem celebrating the joy of Spring. You can hear the poem sung in the recording below and read along with the text. MP3 Recording of Spring Song of the Swallow Spring Song of the Swallow by Marietta Holley Oh, the days are growing longer; So rang the […] Read more »
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