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Dreaming was written by the Irish poet, William Allingham (1824 – 1889).  He wrote this poem for his three children.  Here you can listen to the poem while reading along with the text. MP3 Recording of Dreaming Dreaming A strange little Dream On a long star-beam Ran down from the midnight skies, To curly-hair’d Fred […]
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Alka Patel, a children’s librarian in the US, sent us this opposites song in English, Gujarati and Hindi.  Here’s the note I received… I did this opposite song in three languages in my Multilingual story time at my library. I used actions with this song and the kids enjoyed it. This activity is limitless. You […]
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The Chinese poem 月夜 – Moonlit Night by Liu Fangping was collected in The 300 Tang Poems during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907).  Below you’ll find the Chinese text of the poem with the pronunciation, an English translation and a recording in Mandarin Chinese. MP3 Recording of Moonlit Night 月夜 更深月色半人家, 北斗闌干南斗斜。 今夜偏知春氣暖, 蟲聲新透綠窗沙。 […]
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Check out Litterature audio.com to listen to hundreds of free French audio books online. You’ll find an impressive selection ranging from the fables of La Fontaine to Proust. Enjoy! Mama Lisa
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Kids love jokes!  That’s why you should check out Buzzfeed’s 19 Clean Jokes To Tell Your Kids…That Are Actually Funny. My favorite: Guy in a library walks up to the librarian and says, ‘I’ll have a cheeseburger and fries, please.’ Librarian responds, ‘Sir, you know you’re in a library, right?’ Guy says, ‘Oh, sorry. [in […]
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When I was very little (less than 5 years old), all the kids in my neighborhood used to chant, "How now brown cow!" It turns out that the phrase originally came from Scotland in the 1700’s.  Some sources say that, "brown cow" was a phrase that used to mean a barrel of beer because a […]
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The "Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack" is a poem from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.  Here’s a wonderful singing rendition of it by Ezwa… MP3 Recording of Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack   As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur* belled Once, twice and again! And a doe […]
We’ve been asked for help finding the full lyrics to a Caribbean song called, "Emma Lemme (Let Me) Lone".  Here’s the info we have so far: Beau wrote: "…looking for a song that I sang in Elementary School – it’s a Caribbean song I think, goes something like "Emma lemme ‘lone, let me lone! Me […]
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The Tortoise – Черепаха – is a Russian finger play that you can enjoy reading below in Russian, English and French.  You can also hear a recording of the rhyme in Russian and French by Maya. MP3 Recording of Черепаха (The Tortoise) in Russian and French Черепаха Шла по полю черепаха И дрожала вся от […]
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People in Japan ring temple bells for the New Year and they watch the sunrise.  Sadao Mazuka wrote to me about these traditions: On New Year’s Eve, many Japanese people go to their local temple and wait for their turn to ring the big bell (one time per person). It is called 除夜の鐘, Joyanokane, “The […]
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I’ve been writing a lot about traditional Japanese dishes for the New Year.  Here’s another installment! My friend Ayako wrote from Japan about the food she made for New Year’s Day: Lisa, Happy New Year ! This year I didn’t have a lot of time, so I made just two dishes of New Year foods. […]
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Sadao Mazuka wrote to me about New Year’s food (おせち料理) that’s eaten in Japan. "On New Year’s Eve, we ate year-crossing noodles when my sons were young. This year on Jan 1st to 3rd, we are going to have ‘zoni’ and ‘sechi’ or ‘O-sechi’." Zoni is a soup with either a fish based broth or […]
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Season’s greetings! At Mama Lisa’s World there’s no time of year we love better than the holidays! We’re happy to announce that we’ve recently added the following Christmas Carols to Mama Lisa’s World with mp3 recordings and YouTube videos: Italian Dormi, dormi, bel Bambin (Sleep, Sleep Beautiful Child) Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down […]
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Ray Lee, who grew up in Hong Kong, wrote, "We played all these when we were kids… The bottom right is Chinese Chess. Adults play that too. The other three are for kids. They don’t really have English names. Top left is 鬥獸棋 (Jungle). It’s like chess in that there are two opposing players/sides and […]
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Sadao Mazuka wrote to us from Japan about Japanese idiomatic expressions about cats.  Here’s his email: Hi Lisa, I was very much interested in your blog post, “Animal Names used as Terms of Endearment” that was written by Monique. I don’t think we have any phrases about a child or spouse with a connection like […]
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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.
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Beatrix Potter is the beloved English children’s author and illustrator best known for her book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit".  She also wrote the poem, "We Have a Little Garden".  It comes from her book, "Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes".  You can read the rhyme below and listen along with the cute recording by Super Coconut.  […]
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Monique wrote from France about terms of endearment used in French, Spanish and English that use Animal names… In French, we use many animals names as endearment words.  We use: Mon poussin (my chick) Mon poulet (my chicken) Ma poule/poulette (my hen/little hen – mostly for girls) Ma cocotte (my hen – cocotte is baby […]
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Monique wrote from France about a cool "emoticon" she uses when corresponding with her friends. Here’s her email: In French, "à demain" (see you tomorrow) sounds like "à 2 mains" (with two hands).  That’s why when someone tells you "à demain" you may answer "à deux pieds" (with two feet) as a joke.  This all […]
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Mama Lisa’s World now has a search box!  You can search for songs, rhymes, poems, recipes and traditions.  You can search for specific languages, countries and cultures. You can search for a particular word… like "apple" or "train".  You can even put two or three words in… like "French Apple Song". We hope you find […]

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