July 24th, 2016
Pat Gowdy wrote asking for help with a childhood rhyme from Italy. Here’s the email: I used to recite a “poem” when I was a little kid, taught to me by my uncle who was born in Italy, in the Piedmont area near Asti, but came to California with his parents and siblings when he […]
July 30th, 2015
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 […]
October 6th, 2011
Pioggia is an Italian poem about rain by Giovanni Pascoli (1855 – 1912). Below you can listen to a recording, follow along in the original Italian and then read an English translation of the poem. First a note about the illustration, in English we say “It’s raining cats and dogs” when it’s raining very hard. […]
November 21st, 2010
Here’s another cat poem for you feline lovers. It was written in Italian by Giovanni Pascoli (1855 – 1912). Below you can listen to it on a YouTube video, follow along in Italian and then read the English translation. Enjoy! La gatta Era una gatta, assai trita, e non era d’alcuno, e, vecchia, aveva un […]
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With Our New Book 'Kid Songs Around The World'
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - 'Kid Songs Around The World' is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In 'Kid Songs Around The World' we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe.
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music. All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance. Each includes a beautiful illustration.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!