February 14th, 2015
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 […]
January 15th, 2015
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 […]
January 9th, 2015
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。 […]
January 6th, 2015
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 […]
December 22nd, 2014
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 […]
December 21st, 2014
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: […]
December 1st, 2014
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. […]
November 10th, 2014
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 […]
September 29th, 2014
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 […]
August 5th, 2014
"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 […]
July 7th, 2014
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; And in the blue and glowing days More […]
June 18th, 2014
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 […]
June 11th, 2014
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 […]
June 5th, 2014
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 […]
June 4th, 2014
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. […]
May 28th, 2014
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.
May 8th, 2014
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: […]
April 24th, 2014
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 […]
April 2nd, 2014
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 […]
March 26th, 2014
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 […]
March 24th, 2014
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 […]
February 25th, 2014
"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 snow, Blowing, […]
January 27th, 2014
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– but […]
November 25th, 2013
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 for […]
November 15th, 2013
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 By Bliss Carmen O […]
September 13th, 2013
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 […]
July 14th, 2013
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 small elf, Marking his progress […]
July 8th, 2013
Pear Tree is a poem by Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961). Below you can listen to a recording while reading along with the text. MP3 Recording of Pear Tree Pear Tree Silver dust lifted from the earth, higher than my arms can reach, you have mounted. O silver, higher than my arms can reach you front […]
June 25th, 2013
The Hindi poem "Duniya goal hai" is a fun rhyme about round things! You can listen to a Hindi recording of the poem below and read along with the original Hindi text, followed by the pronunciation and an English translation. MP3 Recording of Duniya goal hai दुनिया गोल है दुनिया गोल है चंदा मामा गोल […]
May 19th, 2013
Here’s the French poem Le Thé (Tea) by Théodore de Banville with an mp3 recording. After the poem you’ll find an English translation. MP3 of Le Thé Le Thé Miss Ellen, versez-moi le Thé Dans la belle tasse chinoise, Où des poissons d’or cherchent noise Au monstre rose épouvanté. J’aime la folle cruauté Des chimères […]
May 17th, 2013
Here’s a lovely poem about The Wind by Robert Louis Stevenson with a couple of mp3 renditions. MP3 of The Wind 2nd MP3 of The Wind The Wind I saw you toss the kites on high And blow the birds about the sky; And all around I heard you pass, Like ladies’ skirts across […]
May 13th, 2013
Here’s a little poem about clouds by Christina Rossetti. MP3 of the Poem "Clouds" Clouds by Christina Rossetti White sheep, white sheep, On a blue hill, When the wind stops You all stand still When the wind blows You walk away slow. White sheep, white sheep, Where do you go?
May 3rd, 2013
MP3 of Hope is the thing with feathers "Hope" is the thing with feathers By Emily Dickinson "Hope" is the thing with feathers- That perches in the soul- And sings the tune without the words- And never stops-at all- And sweetest-in the Gale-is heard- And sore must be the storm- That could abash the little […]
March 21st, 2013
A poem about March… The Stormy Cold March Days Ho! for the stormy cold March days, Aye! There is nothing like them. Loud let us shout and sing their praise March is so proud and free. Snowy, blowy, wheezy, breezy, Sweeping up the winter’s snow, Freezing, pleasing, teasing unceasing. So do the March winds blow.
March 16th, 2013
The leprechaun is a fairy shoemaker eagerly sought by people who like to get rich quick. If the mortal who meets him will only keep his eyes fixed upon the fairy, the little chap will have to disclose the hiding place of a certain crock of gold. But the leprechaun is so full of tricks […]
The leprechaun is one of the symbols of St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s a poem about the leprechaun for the holiday… The Leprechaun,—the omadhaun*!—that lives in County Clare, Is one foot wide and three foot high without an inch to spare. He winks the sea-blue eye of him, like other saucy rogues, And underneath the blackthorn-bush […]
March 9th, 2013
MP3 of the Poem Old Winter Old Winter By Thomas Noel Old Winter sad and snowy clad, Is making a doleful din; But let him howl till he cracks his jowl, We will not let him in. Let him gnaw, forsooth, with his freezing tooth, On our roof-tiles, till he tire; But we care […]
March 4th, 2013
Here’s a colorful poem by Emily Dickinson with an mp3 recording… MP3 of She sweeps with many-colored Brooms She sweeps with many-colored Brooms She sweeps with many-colored Brooms– And leaves the Shreds behind– Oh Housewife in the Evening West– Come back, and dust the Pond! You dropped a Purple Ravelling in– You dropped an […]
February 27th, 2013
Song of The Leprechaun or Fairy Shoemaker was written by Irish poet William Allingham (1824 – 1889). Leprechauns are known to be shoemakers. At the end of the work day, they hide away the money they earned in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Song of The Leprechaun or Fairy Shoemaker […]
February 13th, 2013
MP3 of Love Is Enough Love Is Enough By William Morris Love is enough: though the World be a-waning, And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining, Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder, Though the hills be held shadows, and […]
Here’s the poem, Poet To His Love by Maxwell Bodenheim (1892-1954) with an mp3 recording… MP3 of Poet to His Love 2nd Recording of Poet to His Love Poet to His Love An old silver church in a forest Is my love for you. The trees around it Are words that I have stolen from […]
February 12th, 2013
Sometimes, life is grand because of that one perfect moment, like in the poem below… MP3 of Jenny kiss’d Me Jenny kiss’d Me By Leigh Hunt Jenny kiss’d me when we met, Jumping from the chair she sat in; Time, you thief, who love to get Sweets into your list, put that in! Say I’m […]
February 9th, 2013
Snow is in the air! Here’s a poem called, "Snow in the Suburbs" by Thomas Hardy with an mp3 recording. Enjoy! Mama Lisa MP3 of Snow in the Suburbs Snow in the Suburbs Every branch big with it, Bent every twig with it; Every fork like a white web-foot; Every street and pavement mute: Some […]
February 2nd, 2013
Melissa wrote: Hey I love your site! My grandmother, from Scotland, would always recite a poem to me about a chick hatching from an egg….”3 weeks I lived inside that egg, slowly, slowly getting bigger every day”. I cannot find any mention of it anywhere on the internet, please help? Thank you, Melissa O’Leary If […]
January 7th, 2013
The poem, Perseverance or Try Again by William Hickson appeared as a song in his book "The Singing Master" in 1836. It’s believed he coined the proverb "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again": ‘Tis a lesson you should heed– Try, try, try again; If at first you don’t succeed, Try, try, try […]
December 17th, 2012
Wandrers Nachtlied is the title of two different poems written by German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The 2nd poem was written in 1780. This is the one we’re featuring here. It’s considered by many to be the most beautiful poem in the German language. Here you can read the original poem and listen to […]
December 13th, 2012
MP3 of Twinkling Bugs (Recording of 1st & 3rd Verses) Twinkling Bugs When the sun sinks under the world’s red rim, And the river fades till its shores are dim. And the trees are dark where the shadows lie, Then they go by, By, By– The twinkling bugs go by. They trim […]
December 12th, 2012
Here’s the poem, An Explanation Of The Grasshopper by American poet, Vachell Lindsay (1879 – 1931). You can listen to an mp3 recording of it below. Note that a Brownie is an elf who secretly helps with chores in the middle of the night. I need one of those. MP3 of An Explanation of the […]
The Wonderful World is a poem that was written by British author, William Brighty Rands (1823 – 1882). Here you can listen to an mp3 recording of the poem while reading along with the text. MP3 of The Wonderful World The Wonderful World By William Brighty Rands Great, wide, beautiful, wonderful World, With the wonderful […]
December 10th, 2012
Here’s a poem about a wandering snowflake… MP3 Recording of Whenever a Snowflake Whenever A Snowflake Leaves the Sky When e’er a snowflake leaves the sky It turns and turns, to say good-bye. Good-bye, dear clouds, so cool and gray. Then turns and hastens on its way. But when a snowflake finds a tree Good-day, […]
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