July 17th, 2015
Christina wrote asking for help with an Italian (Calabrese) rhyme. Here’s her email… Hi Lisa, This rhyme has been recited to small children in our family at least since the early 20th century. My paternal grandfather’s parents came to the U.S. in 1913 from Falerna, Catanzaro. They left two children there and subsequently had four […]
December 2nd, 2013
Gerard Ramos wrote asking for help with an Italian kids song from Sicily. Here’s his email: Hi Lisa, I stumbled across your site searching for Italian children’s songs trying to find a song my great grandmother passed down through our family. She was born in Sicily and moved to New Orleans when she was young. […]
June 4th, 2013
Jade wrote asking for help with an Italian song from Toritto. Here’s her email: Hey. Love your site. I was looking for a song my nonna used to sing to me as a child. She was from Toritto, a small town outside Bari. It’s in dialect. I’m probably going to butcher the spelling but this […]
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A Mama Lisa Book
Over 80 songs and rhymes, in Italian with translations into English. Including favorite songs like "La bella lavanderina" (The Pretty Washerwoman), nursery rhymes like "Batta le Manine" (Clap Your Hands) and Christmas carols like the beloved "Tu scendi dalle stelle" (You Come Down from the Stars). Order Here!