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

English

  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.

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