January 2nd, 2018
This poem called “Life” seemed somehow fitting for the beginning of the New Year, yet it’s nice for any time of year. It was written by Griffith Alexander for “The Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger.” Below you can listen to an mp3 recording of the poem and read along with the text… MP3 Recording of the poem […]
December 28th, 2017
Here’s a French poem called “Bonne Année” (Happy New Year) by Tristan Derème (1889-1941). Below you’ll find an mp3 recording of the poem with the original French text and an English translation. MP3 Recording of Bonne année Bonne année Par Tristan Derème Voici la nouvelle année Souriante, enrubannée, Qui pour notre destinée, Par le ciel nous […]
January 1st, 2011
Here’s a selected passage from a poem about the new year… THE NEW YEAR Who comes dancing over the snow, His soft little feet all bare and rosy? Open the door, though the wild winds blow, Take the child in and make him cosey. Take him in and hold him dear, He is the wonderful […]
November 26th, 2010
A New Year Idyl is an amusing poem by Eugene Field about someone helping a cockroach have fun on New Years Eve. Eugene Field (1850 – 1895) is the author of the well-known kid’s poem, The Gingham Dog and Calico Cat (The Duel). Here’s the definition of "Idyl": 1. a. A short poem or prose […]
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A Mama Lisa Book
Over 50 songs and rhymes, in French with translations into English. You'll find well-known songs like Frère Jacques, Alouette, and Au claire de la lune, alongside many you may never have heard of. At the end of each item in this book, there's a web address to an online version of the song or rhyme. There we are often able to include sheet music, recordings and videos of performances. We hope this book will help foster a love of French songs and culture all over the world! Order Here!