March 4th, 2016
Afternoon Tea By Kate Greenaway Who wouldn’t like to drink afternoon tea Out in the garden just like these three? With the song of a bird, and the hum of a bee, And the sun-flowers looking all eyes to see. The little girl’s stirring her tea so sweet; Tea in the garden is such a […]
December 2nd, 2014
Here’s a beautiful chart that illustrates the relationships between many Western languages. It was created by Minna Sundberg. You can see a larger version here and you can buy it here.
January 20th, 2013
A Johnny-cake is a small flat cake (akin to a little pancake) made out of cornmeal, water and salt. They were widely eaten in the U.S. in the 19th century. Johnny-cakes are called hoecakes in the South. The folk tale "Johnny-cake" is almost the same story as "The Gingerbread Man" except that a Johnny-cake is […]
December 13th, 2012
MP3 of Twinkling Bugs (Recording of 1st & 3rd Verses) Twinkling Bugs When the sun sinks under the world’s red rim, And the river fades till its shores are dim. And the trees are dark where the shadows lie, Then they go by, By, By– The twinkling bugs go by. They trim […]
December 10th, 2012
"Little Snowflake" is a poem about Christmas by Hannah More Kahaus (1745-1833). You can listen to an mp3 recording of it below and read along with the poem. MP3 of Little Snowflake Little Snowflake Little snow-flake, soft and white, Drops down in the silent night ; Soft she came with steady poise, Making not a […]
November 17th, 2012
Here’s the colorful poem "The Sky Was" by E. E. Cummings (1894 – 1962) with an mp3 recording… MP3 of The Sky Was The Sky Was the sky was can dy lu minous edible spry pinks shy lemons greens coo l choc olate s. un der, a lo co […]
November 15th, 2012
This French song about a church bell ringer is amusing! I guess it’s because we’ve all been in the situation where someone around us was making noise that we had no control over. Below you can listen to the mp3 recording of the song, read the original French lyrics along with an English translation… MP3 […]
October 18th, 2012
Here’s a fun illustration called "A Tour in the Toy Country" by British illustrator Randolph Caldecott (1846 – 1886). Caldecott illustrated many books for children.
August 22nd, 2012
"A line is a dot that went for a walk." –Paul Klee (Artist) What a great quote! Here are some videos based on that concept… Here’s an animated one… Here’s one where the dot goes from one kids drawing to another… Enjoy! Mama Lisa
July 18th, 2012
The poem My Bed is a Boat reminds me of being a kid and playing with my friends on the couch pretending it was a rowboat. What fun! You can read the poem below and listen along on YouTube videos. There are 3 renditions: the 1st is recited, the 2nd is sung as a lullaby, […]
July 9th, 2012
In the past we’ve posted many versions of The Hearse Song that our readers have sent in. Recently we received two versions that somewhat differ from the others. They were sent by Richard Smith. Here they are: My mother taught me this approximately 1954… Did you ever think when a hearse went by That […]
July 8th, 2012
Cocoon above! Cocoon below! is a poem by Emily Dickinson. Below you can listen to it while reading along… MP3 of Cocoon above! Cocoon below! Cocoon Above! Cocoon Below! Cocoon above! Cocoon below! Stealthy Cocoon, why hide you so What all the world suspect? An hour, and gay on every tree Your secret, perched in […]
April 20th, 2012
Easter The air is like a butterfly With frail blue wings. The happy earth looks at the sky And sings. MP3 Recording of Easter Poem by Joyce Kilmer
April 11th, 2012
“Who Laid an Egg?” is a kids saying meaning, “Who farted?” The cartoon above is a play on the expression by 5th grader Lila Pomerantz.
February 23rd, 2012
Rock – Paper – Scissors is a game used to decide something between two kids… like who goes first, who gets something, etc. Two players say together at the same time, "Rock, Paper, Scissors and Shoot!". Then put their hands out at exactly the same time in one of three signs, "rock", "Paper" or "Scissors" […]
January 27th, 2012
A while ago, I talked about how my daughter’s class made drawings illustrating the literal meanings of idiomatic expressions. This is a great way to help children, and people learning English as a second language, to understand these sayings.. One drawing my daughter did was an illustration of the expression "follow your nose". "Follow your […]
December 17th, 2011
The poem Santa Claus is from the book Christmas (1907). The author is anonymous. Here you can listen to the poem being read while reading along… MP3 Recording of Santa Claus Poem Santa Claus Anonymous He comes in the night! He comes in the night! He softly, silently comes; While the little brown heads on […]
November 30th, 2011
My daughter’s fifth grade class was given a really interesting assignment. The teacher asked them to make drawings that illustrated the literal meanings of common sayings. In American English "You’re on a roll" means you’re going from success to success. Here’s a drawing my daughter did of the literal meaning of being on a roll! […]
November 25th, 2011
"Happy Thanksgiving – I am thankful for my family and friends." Thanks to Corrina for the Thanksgiving Artwork!
October 20th, 2011
I love this photo that Valerie Mellema took of La Pedrera in Barcelona, Spain. She used Photoshop and a different picture of a log to make the texture in the sky. It looks like a fantastical place in a kids book. It could be fun to show this pic to a child and have them […]
October 15th, 2011
October 6th, 2011
Pioggia is an Italian poem about rain by Giovanni Pascoli (1855 – 1912). Below you can listen to a recording, follow along in the original Italian and then read an English translation of the poem. First a note about the illustration, in English we say “It’s raining cats and dogs” when it’s raining very hard. […]
August 23rd, 2011
Artwork by Gracie Gralike
July 24th, 2011
Recently I wrote about Early Picture Sheets which were one page sheets with images on them that were popular in the 19th century. They were used to teach kids to draw. In Europe, they had similar pictures sheets, though sometimes they were used for different purposes. In France, these early picture sheets were called, "Les […]
July 9th, 2011
Early Picture Sheets used to be sold individually for children in the 19th century. They consisted of illustrations of people, animals, objects and actions that kids would copy to learn how to draw. Here’s an example of a picture sheet. Check out Early Picture Sheets to read more about the this little piece of history.
A book of illustrated Polish Fairy Tales translated into English was recently posted online. Here are three of the illustrations by Cecile Walton… Check out the book at Project Gutenberg. Enjoy! Mama Lisa
May 12th, 2011
The Idiom: The Frog in the Well – 井底之蛙 (jǐng dǐ zhī wā) – is a Chinese idiom that refers to a narrow-minded person who doesn’t see the larger world around them. The Story: The story is about a frog who lives happily in a well. He has no idea what’s outside of that well. […]
April 28th, 2011
I received this note today from my nephew Alex with the picture below: "Here’s my homework, I had to illustrate a poem, and I did City Trees, from your site. I thought you would like it." Thanks for sharing Alex! That made my day. xo (Aunt) Mama Lisa
January 26th, 2011
Calaveras literally means "skulls". Calaveras are poems recited for the Day of the Dead (All Souls Day) in Mexico. They’re satirical poems that poke fun at people in a way that suggests they’re dead, even though they’re alive. Often the people being satirized are politicians and other people in power or in the public eye. […]
December 17th, 2010
My daughter made these thumbprint guys in art class today. They’re made with paint and Sharpie permanent markers. All you do is dip your thumb in paint and make thumbprints in different places on thick paper. Let the thumbprints dry. Then add details with a black Sharpie marker. At top you can see a guy […]
December 3rd, 2010
Who’s That Up the Chimney? is a Christmas song written by Scottish singer Ewan McVicar. Ewan sent this song to us when we asked him if he knew of any Christmas songs from Scotland. Here’s what he wrote: I was on a tram in the Urals city of Perm (Russia), and the teacher conveying me […]
November 10th, 2010
My daughter is in the 4th grade and she loves her class and her teacher! One thing the teacher does to make school special is to have stuffed animals that the kids get to take home on Friday evening. The teacher rotates who gets to take something special home each weekend. The first time my […]
October 28th, 2010
The High School in our district has trick-or-treating for kids a couple of days before Halloween each year. The school clubs put it on. I saw these decorations there. They’re paintings on clear plastic with poster paint. They’re hung in the window, having a stained glass effect. It’s a cool look! You can do […]
October 21st, 2010
This is one view of trees in the city… City Trees MP3 of City Trees The trees along this city street, Save for the traffic and the trains, Would make a sound as thin and sweet As trees in country lanes. And people standing in their shade Out […]
October 20th, 2010
I found this illustration at the end of a Dutch version of Gulliver’s Travels, thought it was neat and wanted to share it…
October 9th, 2010
Foreign Lands is a lovely children’s poem by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894). Below you can find the words to the poem and listen to three readings of it… Listen to a recording of Foreign Lands (mp3) #1 Read by Stephanie König Listen to a recording of Foreign Lands (mp3) #2Read by Steven Lamb Listen to […]
May 4th, 2010
Here’s Eletelephony, a silly poem by Laura E. Richards (1850-1943)… Eletelephony Once there was an elephant, Who tried to use the telephant– No! no! I mean an elephone Who tried to use the telephone– (Dear me! I am not certain quite That even now I’ve got it right.) Howe’er it was, he got his trunk […]
April 19th, 2010
The drawing below is of me as a kid doing a Google search on Mama Lisa’s World! Thanks to Lila and Sarina for the drawings! Mama Lisa PS I’m always happy to post kids’ drawings if anyone would like to send any. I’ve been adding a bunch to my Nursery Rhyme Site and International […]
October 28th, 2009
Here’s some Halloween artwork my daughter and her friends did this week. I thought you might enjoy seeing it to help get you in the mood for Halloween! “Bones” by Lila “Skeleton” by Lila… “Witch” by Sarina “Graveyard” by Melisa “Graveyard II” by Melisa “R.I.P.” by Marisa Have a Spooky Fun Halloween! Mama Lisa
September 22nd, 2009
Gracie has sent me some illustrations to post with songs over the past couple of months. What’s interesting is that she doesn’t send them for specific songs, so I have to find songs or rhymes on Mama Lisa’s World to match them up to. That can be tricky since we have over 2000 pieces! I […]
August 6th, 2009
I’ve embedded this lovely book of nursery rhymes for you to enjoy! It’s A Collection of Nursery Rhymes… Nurse Lovechild’s Legacy (1916). Many of the illustrations are from the 18th and early 19th century Chapbooks. The book has been embellished by one of my favorite nursery rhyme illustrators: C. Lovat Fraser (1890 – 1921). You […]
July 25th, 2009
Rachel Young found all the letters in the alphabet using Google Maps in the buildings and roads of New York. Young was inspired by the idea of Australian graphic designer Rhett Dashwood who made an alphabet of roads and buildings in the state of Victoria, Australia. I thought the use of Madison Square Garden for […]
July 2nd, 2009
This traveling exhibition presents original illustrations from Little Golden Books. They celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2007. It includes 60 original illustrations from: The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Home for a Bunny, The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, The Color Kittens, I Can Fly, and more. Check out the following link to see […]
May 20th, 2009
Young nursery rhyme lovers will enjoy this little story featuring Mother Goose characters. Kids who aren’t familiar with a lot of nursery rhymes can learn new ones. I made each character linkable to a page where you can read that character’s rhyme. At the end of the story is an illustration that includes many of […]
May 8th, 2009
I’ve loved the image of the old woman living in the shoe since I was a child. (So much so, that it inspired the Mama Lisa logo!) Of course, the rhyme itself leaves something to be desired… There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children she didn’t know […]
May 5th, 2009
I’ve just started adding illustrations from The Only True Mother Goose Melodies to my nursery rhyme site, Mama Lisa’s House of Nursery Rhymes. This book was published and copyrighted in Boston in 1833 by Munroe & Francis. All the rhymes from the book are already part of the site. So it’s nice to add these […]
March 27th, 2009
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