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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 this...
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Wynken, Blynken and Nod is a beloved bedtime poem about sailing in the sky in a wooden shoe and fishing for the stars.  The names "Wynken", "Blynken" and "Nod" represent a child’s sleepy eyes and head.  The wooden shoe symbolizes his bed.  He dreams of the stars while his mother sings him to sleep.  This...
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"The Swing" is a poem that describes something all kids have thought of while swinging… What if I went really high up on the swing? What would I see? You can read "The Swing" below and listen to a wonderful recording of it. It was recited by a boy named Willy.  MP3 Recording of The Swing The...
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It’s always fun to celebrate the season with a poem.  Here’s a nice one about summer by Robert Louis Stevenson with a recording… MP3 Recording of Summer Sun Summer Sun By Robert Louis Stevenson Great is the sun, and wide he goes Through empty heaven with repose; ...
John Ziak wrote asking for help with two childhood songs: Lisa, I have been searching for sometime to find a song/nursery rhyme that my grandfather sang to me when I was young.  He passed away 16 years ago and no one in my family can remember any more words than I.  The song originates from Czech or...
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Sadao Mazuka sent us this article about the rainy season of June in Japan… June is a rainy season here in Japan.  The English word “June” gives us a feeling of bright and refreshing air, especially with a word such as, “June-Bride”.  But in Japanese, it’s “6月(Rokugatsu = June)”.  It makes us think of a rather...
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Shigin is a way of reciting poems in Japanese that most likely dates back to the 5th century.  The poems are chanted, often before an audience.    We’re lucky enough to have a Shigin recitation of the famous Haiku poem, “Furuike ya” (Old Pond).  The poem was recited by Shihoko Mazuka.  You can hear it below...
One of the most well-known forms of Japanese poetry is Haiku.  Yet there are many other forms of poems in Japan and it’s interesting to learn about them. Haiku poetry follows a pattern of 5-7-5.  That means the 1st line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 and the third line has 5 syllables.  Haiku...
The great American poet Maya Angelou passed away today at 86.  In honor of her life and work, I’m posting this recording she did of her children’s poem, "Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All".  You can listen to it below. RIP Maya Angelou.
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Mother’s Day is celebrated in May in many countries. One great way to express love to a mom is through a song or poem.  We have many Mother’s Day poems and songs from around the world on Mama Lisa’s World.  Here are some songs and poems for Mother’s Day: Happy Mother’s Day! -Mama Lisa Image:  Boulevard...
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Central America consists of the seven countries.  Mama Lisa’s World now has songs from each of these countries. Click on the links below to access our songs from Central America.  Traditional Songs from Belize   Kids Songs from Costa Rica   Children’s Songs from El Salvador   Children’s Songs from Guatemala   Lullaby from Honduras   Kids Song and Poem from Nicaragua   Traditional Songs from Panama  Feel free...
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In the Spring, people in Japan traditionally view the cherry blossoms and picnic under the trees.  This is called Hanami.  When people view the blossoms by night, it’s called Yozakura.  At this time of year it can be cool at night so some people bring blankets, warm saki and body warmers.  Sadao sent me the...
Tamela wrote asking for help with a Danish poem her father recited.  Here’s her email: Hi, I am wondering if you can help me at all.  I am searching for the full words to an old Scandinavian children’s poem that my Danish father used to tell us. It is about three children, girls, on one farm meeting...
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I love Japanese haikus!  Here’s a haiku poem I came across while working on a song about Mt. Fuji. The poem was written by Kobayashi Issa in the Edo period… 蝸牛 そろそろ登れ 富士の山 English Translation: O snail, Climb Mt. Fuji, But slowly, slowly! Pronunciation: Katatsumuri Soro soro nobore Fuji no yama I think these prints by Utagawa Hiroshige go nicely...
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"Snow Song" is a lovely poem by Sara Teasdale.  You can read the poem and listen to two different recordings of it below – one is sung, the other recited.   MP3 Recording of Snow Song – Sung  MP3 Recording of Snow Song – Recited  Snow Song By Sara Teasdale Fairy snow, fairy...
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Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I wanted to post this little love poem called "A Scrawl" by James Whitcomb Riley.  You can listen to a recording of it below and read along with the poem. MP3 Recording of A Scrawl A Scrawl By James Whitcomb Riley   I want to sing something–...
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Here’s a poem called "A Boy’s Song" by Scottish poet, James Hogg, with a fun musical recording by Ezwa. Recording of A Boy’s Song A Boy’s Song By James Hogg   Where the pools are bright and deep,            Where the grey trout lies asleep,       Up the river and over the lea, That’s the way...
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The poem "Mr. Moon: A Song for Little People" is about a fairy ring calling the moon to come down.  It was written by Bliss Carmen.  You can listen to the recording and read along with the poem below… MP3 of Mr. Moon Mr. Moon: A Song of the Little People ...
This week our kids went back to school where I live.  Parents had Meet-the-Teacher Night where they meet their children’s teachers and hear about the year to come.  My daughter’s Math teacher read the following poem to us about how teachers and parents have to work together to help children learn and develop.  The poem...
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Here’s the poem The Gossamer Spider by Charlotte M. Yonge with an mp3 recording… MP3 of The Gossamer Spider The Gossamer Spider   Creature no bigger than a pin, Most wonderful of all that spin, An acrobatic fairy. Nay, what rope dancer from himself Can draw his lines, like this...
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