July 23rd, 2010
There was a young maid who said, “Why Can’t I look in my ear with my eye? If I put my mind to it, I’m sure I can do it, You never can tell till you try.” ~Limerick by Edward Lear ~Collage Drawing by Lila
April 9th, 2010
Edward Lear made limericks popular in England in the mid 19th century with his “A Book of Nonsense” (1846). It contained limericks that he wrote and illustrated. Here are 4 of them with pictures and recordings. There was a Young Lady of Troy, Whom several large flies did annoy; Some she killed with a […]
June 18th, 2009
A Gobolink is like an inkblot, but it’s made for fun, not for psychological analysis! To make a gobolink, you drop a little ink on a sheet of white paper. Fold the paper in half and press down the ink on the two halves of the paper. Then you open the paper and you have […]
June 16th, 2009
In Africa wandered a yak; A jaguar jumped up on his back. Said the yak, with a frown, "Prithee quick get thee down; You’re almost too heavy, alack!" Definition of a Limerick: A five line poem with the form AABBA, often humorous or nonsensical verse, popularized by Edward Lear.
March 15th, 2007
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a little information about limericks. A limerick is a five-line poem, with the rhyming pattern A-A-B-B-A. In other words, lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme with each other. They usually have 7-11 syllables per line. Lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other and have 5-8 syllables per […]
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New From Mama Lisa
Our new book, Kid Songs Around the World, features 100 beloved songs and rhymes from all parts of the globe. Each includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation. Most also include SHEET MUSIC and LINKS TO RECORDINGS AND VIDEOS.Order Here!
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!