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Most people associate summer with occasional lightening storms.  We found this wonderful Italian poem called Temporale Estivo - "Summer Lightening Storm" .  It was written by Federigo Tozzi (1883-1920).  Below you can listen to a recording of the poem while reading along with the Italian text, and an English translation. MP3 Recording of Temporale Estivo […]
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It’s always fun to read fables. They make you think of an earlier, simpler time. We think of fables as being for young children. However, a French teacher I recently spoke with told me that in France today, Jean de La Fontaine’s fables are mostly read by high school students.  That’s because the language is […]
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We like to post seasonal poetry from around the world.  Now that summer’s here we’d like to share this French poem about summer that will heat you up! Below you’ll find the original French text to the poem Chaleur (Heat) by Anna de Noailles with a recording and an English translation. MP3 Recording of the […]
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It’s always great to celebrate the seasons with poetry! The poem Noche de verano (Summer Night) is a lovely poem we’ve chosen to share now that summer is finally here.  It was written by Spanish poet Antonio Machado (1875-1939). Below you can listen to a recording of the poem while reading the original Spanish text […]
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Printemps (Springtime) is a lovely French poem written by Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885).  Below you can hear the poem recited and follow along with the original French text and an English translation… MP3 of Printemps by Victor Hugo Printemps Voici donc les longs jours, lumière, amour, délire ! Voici le printemps ! mars, avril […]
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  "The Moon-Baby" is a pretty poem that can be read or sung to young children before bedtime. The Moon-Baby There’s a beautiful golden cradle That rocks in the rose-red sky; I have seen it there in the evening air Where the bats and beetles fly, With little white clouds for curtains And pillows of […]
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"Spring Song of the Swallow" is a lovely poem celebrating the joy of Spring. You can hear the poem sung in the recording below and read along with the text. MP3 Recording of Spring Song of the Swallow Spring Song of the Swallow by Marietta Holley Oh, the days are growing longer; So rang the […]
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Mrs. Mulligatawny is a poem by Arthur Macy about the value of thinking for yourself.  Macy’s style reminds me of the writing of the American children’s author, Dr. Seuss.  Both have fun making fun of human foibles! You can listen to a wonderful recording of the poem below and read along with the text.  MP3 […]
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A Noiseless Patient Spider was written by Walt Whitman in the 1860’s. The spider in this poem is a metaphor for the human soul. Listen to an mp3 recording of the poem while reading along with the text below… MP3 Recording of A Noiseless Patient Spider   A Noiseless Patient Spider   A noiseless patient […]
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The poem Winter’s Turning by Amy Lowell (1874 – 1925) seems to perfectly reflect the weather in New York right now. Below you can listen to an mp3 recording, while reading along with the poem. MP3 Recording of Winter’s Turning Winter’s Turning by Amy Lowell Snow is still on the ground, But there is a […]
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Fairies a magical creatures that all kids should hear about! Here’s a poem about them called, Oh! Where Do Fairies Hide Their Heads? It was written by English poet, Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797–1839).  You can hear the poem sung below.  It sounds like a lullaby. MP3 Recording of Oh! Where Do Fairies Hide Their Heads? […]
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Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694) was the master of Haiku! Here you can listen to some of his haiku about the moon in Japanese and English. You can read along with the Japanese text, the pronunciation, the English translations and commentary…. MP3 of Basho’s Haiku about the Moon 雲をりをり人をやすめる月見かな kumo ori ori / hito o […]
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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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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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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 […]
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The Sugar-plum Tree is a sweet poem by Eugene Field. Sugar-plums are candy like Jordan Almonds.  Other treats aside from almonds can be found inside the hard outer sugarcoating.  You can read the poem below and listen along to the recording… MP3 Recording of The Sugar-plum Tree The Sugarplum Tree By Eugene Field Have you […]
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Sugarplums are associated with Christmas even though most people don’t really know what they are!  They’re actually like Jordan Almonds – but not necessarily with almonds inside.  Jordan almonds are almonds with several coatings of sugar. Sugarplums aren’t heard of much anymore outside of Christmas poems like, "T’was the Night Before Christmas" with the lines: […]
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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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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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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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