October 2nd, 2017
The Telephone Game is played all around the world. To play, a group of children sit in a circle. The first child whispers something into the ear of the person next to him. That person in turn whispers the same sentence into the ear of the person next to her and so on around the circle. […]
June 27th, 2017
Here’s a tongue twister for you… it’s simply, “Black bug’s blood.” Try to say it… it’s harder than it seems… but it’s fun! Here’s an MP3 Recording of Black Bug’s Blood. Thanks to Jason Pomerantz for the recording and to Lee for teaching me this tongue twister. Enjoy! -Mama Lisa
June 19th, 2017
Juneteenth celebrates June 19th, 1865, when it was announced in the U.S. that slavery was abolished in Texas and the Confederate South. Juneteenth is celebrated on the state level in 45 states. To celebrate, there are public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. People also sing songs like “Swing Low Sweet Chariot“. There are also parades, […]
May 16th, 2017
The moon is a wonderful topic for children. We can all remember the magic of watching the moon follow us on our way home at night. Below you can listen to the poem “The Kind Moon” by Sara Teasdale and read along with the text… MP3 Recording of The Kind Moon The Kind Moon by […]
May 11th, 2017
Dan Hughes wrote: When I was a child, my grandmother (born in rural Indiana about 1900) sang me a song about a small dog being killed by running under a horse’s hooves. I think she said they sang it in school. Some of the lyrics, as I remember them: Chorus: With a bow-wow and a […]
May 2nd, 2017
The beauty of the poem “Fog” by Carl Sandburg lies in its simplicity. You can read the poem below and listen along with the recording… MP3 of Carl Sandburg’s Poem Fog Fog The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. ***** Read by […]
April 21st, 2017
Kit wrote to us looking for help with a song her mom remembers… Mom is 88. She knows part of an old song. No matter how hard we look, we can’t find it. “A silly goose, on apple juice, refreshed herself one day, And then among her friends so young, she wandered on her way…” […]
April 18th, 2017
“Go Plant a Tree is a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox from 1918. I thought it was fitting to share with Earth Day coming up this weekend. You can hear a recording of the poem below and read along with the text. Enjoy! -Mama Lisa MP3 Recording of Go Plant a Tree Go Plant a […]
April 7th, 2017
Did you know that the map used in most schools in the United States and elsewhere around the world is inaccurate? The map that’s most often used is called the Mercator Map. It distorts the size of land masses as the latitude increases from the Equator to the poles. The Mercator Map shows Greenland as being bigger […]
April 5th, 2017
The song “Ani Couni” is known in many countries around the world. Many believe it’s an Iroquois song. But it’s actually an Arapaho ghost dance song, called Ani’qu ne’chawu’nani’. The Arapaho tribe was loosely aligned with the Lakota and Dakota tribes. In 1890, the US government broke a treaty with the Lakota and took away […]
March 30th, 2017
Here’s a sweet little poem entitled, “A Fairy Artist” by C.C. Long, with an mp3 recording by Abby… MP3 of The Fairy Artist The Fairy Artist Oh, there is a little artist Who paints in the cold night hours Pictures for little children Of wondrous trees and flowers! Pictures of snow-white mountains Touching the snow-white […]
March 2nd, 2017
"Patience" is a great poem about the importance of forbearance. Often you’ll just hear the 1st verse recited like a proverb. You can listen to the poem below and read along with the text. MP3 of the Poem Patience Patience By Anna M. Pratt If a string is in a knot, Patience will untie it. […]
February 28th, 2017
I bought a large bag of raw almonds recently. It was a 3 lb. bag for $12. A great deal! My family loves when I roast them. Yum! Delicious and good for you. Here’s my recipe… Recipe for Salted Roasted Almonds Ingredients 2-3 pounds Raw Almonds 1 1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt 1 1/2 Tablespoons Hot […]
February 22nd, 2017
"Sunset" is a beautiful poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. It’s a perfect time to read Dunbar’s poems in time for Black History Month. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906) was born in Ohio. His parents were emancipated slaves. He wrote his first poem at the young age of 6! His first book of poetry called […]
February 18th, 2017
I’m always trying to improve my French. One way is by watching French movies, ideally with French subtitles to help comprehension. Then you’re not always translating in your head by reading subtitles in your own language. Yesterday I discovered that Netflix added subtitles in different languages to some foreign movies and shows. I was able […]
February 17th, 2017
There’s an interesting site called History and Geography of Europe and the World. It shows maps of different geographical locations at different points in time. For example, you can see what Europe was like in 300AD. Of course it was mostly controlled by the Roman Empire. But then you can click on the map for […]
February 15th, 2017
I was recently corresponding with my friend Ray Lee who came to the U.S. from Hong Kong back in the 1980’s. We were discussing how sometimes immigrants preserve songs that have been forgotten in their homeland. I’ve noticed this several times in my work with songs from around the globe. Ray’s response was very interesting… […]
February 11th, 2017
I love the rhythm and language of the poem "A Negro Love Song" by Paul Dunbar. It seems fitting to share given that Valentine’s Day is coming soon and it’s Black History Month. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906) was born in Ohio. He wrote poems, plays and novels in both English and Historical Black […]
February 10th, 2017
Ayako Egawa wrote to us from Japan about how she makes chocolate ganache to celebrate Valentine’s Day. She shared her recipe with us below! "Valentine’s day is coming. I made chocolate ganache for my friends. Sweet chocolate makes them happy! :)" -Ayako Recipe for Chocolate Ganache Ingredients 70 grams Chocolate 50 ml Whipping Cream Sprinkles […]
January 18th, 2017
Abracadabra hasn’t always been a fun word modern day magicians and others use to unlock something or create a quick magical fix to some problem. The word itself is very old. According to wikipedia, its earliest reference is in a book from the 3rd century a.d. called "Liber Medicinalis" by the Roman doctor Quintus Serenus […]
January 17th, 2017
"Grandmas Project is a collaborative web-series sharing the recipes and stories of grandmas around the world, filmed by their grandchildren." What a wonderful idea! Check it out at Grandmas Project. There "you can watch films, apply as a filmmaker, explore recipes, share stories about your own grandma – and more." Enjoy! Mama Lisa
January 10th, 2017
I recently heard, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner" for the first time. It’s said when someone wins something. We were curious to learn more, so we asked on the Mama Lisa’s Facebook Group the question, "Do you ever say, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner"? If so, when do you say it?" Here are the responses… Pippa N.: […]
January 2nd, 2017
Happy New Year! Here’s a poem for the new year by Laura E. Richards from her book "Five Minute Stories". It was published back in 1895. You can listen to a lovely recording of it being sung by Ezwa and read along with the text below… MP3 of New Year Song New Year Song "New […]
December 21st, 2016
Christmas is almost here! Here’s a link to our favorite Christmas Recipes from around the World. Most are for dessert. Yummy! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
December 12th, 2016
Mama Lisa’s World has an extensive collection of Christmas Carols from Around the World. For each song we provide the original language lyrics, with an English translation. Most have recordings, YouTubes and sheet music. You can also check out our Christmas Carols with French Translations (Chansons de Noël). And Christmas Carols with Spanish Translations (Canciones […]
December 5th, 2016
The perfect gift for the person in your life who loves children, music and world culture! Our new book, "Kid Songs Around The World" contains 100 of our favorite children’s songs from around the globe. Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music. All […]
November 29th, 2016
It’s an annual tradition for different English dictionary companies to announce a word that encapsulates that year. They call it the Word of the Year. Judging by the words picked for 2016, this has not been a good year. Here are the words for 2016 in English with their definitions. You’ll also find the reasons […]
November 21st, 2016
Recently, Ayako Egawa wrote to us from Japan about how teachers in different countries use different symbols to mark right and wrong answers in school. She wrote: "I enjoy my teaching job and I found an interesting cultural difference between Japan and other countries. It’s about how to mark correct and incorrect answers. In Japan, […]
November 19th, 2016
My husband and I recently went to a restaurant in Manhattan where we were served a Frozen Mediterranean Mojito. It was very delicious! I figured out how to make them at home and plan to make them for Thanksgiving this year. Of course, it’s for the adults since it contains anisette. But hey, we deserve […]
November 14th, 2016
Canadian singer and songwriter, Leonard Cohen passed away last week. He was 82 years old. Cohen is best known as the writer of the popular song "Hallelujah". In honor of his life it seems fitting to listen to his rendition of the song. You can hear it in the YouTube video below… I’ve […]
October 26th, 2016
"Ichijiku Ninjin" is a fun Japanese song we just learned that’s a play on words. In the song you count from 1 to 10 while listing vegetables that have similar sounds to the numbers. You can learn Ichijiku Ninjin on our song page where we give a literal translation. We tried to make an English […]
October 24th, 2016
"The Whale" was written by American author Ellis Parker Butler (1869 – 1937). Below you can read this jocular poem and listen to two different recordings… MP3 Recording of The Whale (Read by Tovarisch) MP3 Recording of The Whale (Read by Beth Thomas) The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler The Whale is found in seas […]
October 19th, 2016
Here’s an interesting little video about how the names and places in the Harry Potter books were translated… including names like Hogwarts, Tom Riddle, Diagon Alley, etc. What a nightmare to translate! lol Enjoy! Mama Lisa
October 18th, 2016
Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this month. It’s great for the world to have the literary value of songs recognized. The more I work with songs from around the world, the more I see that many are poems set to music. Only one other musician has ever been awarded the Nobel […]
October 3rd, 2016
Noodle Kugel is also called Lokshen Kugel. It’s a traditional dish that’s served for the Jewish holidays and the Sabbath in the US and Israel. This version is sweet and so it’s very good for Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a sweet New Year. Both adults and children love Noodle Kugel and I make it every […]
September 13th, 2016
Randolph Stilson wrote to us asking for help with a song. Here’s his email… Can someone identify this song? A song my grandmother Essie Eleanor (Edwards) Stilson used to sing: Listen to an MP3 Recording of the Song The melody (I assume 4/4 time and think in the key of B flat-represented as A# here […]
September 11th, 2016
The Fog was written by Lola Ridge (1883 – 1941), an Irish-American poet. You can listen to two recitations of the poem below and read along with the text… The Fog – 1st Recording The Fog – 2nd Recording The Fog By Lola Ridge Out of the lamp-bestarred and clouded dusk - Snaring, illuding, concealing, […]
September 7th, 2016
The World Digital Library makes available on the Internet material from all countries and cultures, free of charge and in a multilingual format. It makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures and significant historical documents on one site. Content includes books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints and photographs, sound recordings, and films. […]
August 27th, 2016
Archimusic on YouTube has 25 lovely videos of people in Africa singing lullabies from their childhood. They’re not accompanied by the lyrics. But they’re beautiful all the same! Check it out! -Mama Lisa
August 24th, 2016
Check out Folk Dance Notes to find the instructions to many dances around the world… including the Alley Cat, Fandango, many mazurkas, tangos and waltzes… plus much more!
August 19th, 2016
We recently released our Kids Songs around the World downloadable book! It includes 100 songs from across the globe in their original languages and with English translations. I made a Spotify Mama Lisa’s Book of Kids Songs around the World Playlist to accompany the book. It includes 73 of the songs that are in the […]
August 15th, 2016
123 Andrés shared a fun, sweet Spanish vowel song with us called Dame una A (Give me an A). This song is inspired by the upbeat sounds and instruments of the Brazilian samba! You can watch Andrés video of the song below, then read along with the Spanish lyrics, followed by an English translation… Dame […]
August 12th, 2016
We’re proud to announce the launch of our Kids Songs around the World downloadable book! It includes 100 songs from across the globe in their original languages and with English translations. Many include sheet music, illustrations and links to where you can hear the songs or watch a YouTube. Check out our new Mama Lisa […]
August 5th, 2016
Summer is the perfect time for zucchini bread! This recipe is made with oatmeal flour replacing half of the all-purpose flour. I like it because it still has a light taste (not heavy like whole wheat flour). Yet oatmeal flour is very healthy! In the recipe below you’ll see that the walnuts and chocolate chips […]
July 28th, 2016
Sara Quintanar, is an Elementary School Music Educator, bilingual songwriter, and performance artist. Frustrated by the lack of early childhood music classes in Spanish, she established Music With Sara. She sings Spanish and English songs to help teach the love of Spanish to children. Sara shared with us her song called Boom Shaka Boom Boom. […]
July 27th, 2016
Chances are if you’ve enjoyed songs by Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, Winnie the Pooh, Bear in the Big Blue House, Big Bird, Yertyl the Turtle, Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, Sebastian the Crab, and Larry the Cucumber, you know Dave Kinnoin. Dave has written songs for some of the most beloved characters in movies and on […]
The poem "Wishing" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox is filled with sage advice about how to make the world a better place. You can listen to an mp3 of it here and read along with the text below… MP3 Recording of Wishing Wishing Do you wish the world were better? Let me tell you what to […]
July 21st, 2016
Rita wrote asking for help with a Yiddish children’s song. Here’s her note… Does anyone know of an old Yiddish song sung while lightly pinching the top of a child’s hand. Both the singer’s and the child’s hands move up and down together? These were some of the words I remember: Cru, cru, fal arup, […]
July 17th, 2016
"Summer" is a lovely poem written by English poet, Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894). It reminds me of those endless summer days of childhood, when you take the time to observe every little flower, bird and spider. Below you can listen to a recording of Summer while reading along with the text… MP3 Recording of […]
July 6th, 2016
I discovered this amazing watermelon salad at a party on Memorial Day. It was created by my friend Julie. I decided to make it this year for July 4th. It was a hit! It’s really simple. Here’s how you make it… Recipe for Watermelon Blueberry Salad Ingredients: 1 Seedless Watermelon, 2+ pints of Blueberries, Mint […]
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