May 27th, 2015
Quirky Press has just released a new dual-language (Somali/English) book of 14 Somali Lullabies. It includes a CD of the songs sung in Somali by Maryan Anshur. Karin at Quirky Press was kind enough to share a recording of one of the lullabies with us! You can hear it below and read along with the […]
February 5th, 2015
"Boys and Girls Come out to Play" is a nursery rhyme song that dates back to the 18th century. Here’s a wonderful rendition by Dick Aven, in a gentle rock style. The ways to use traditional songs and rhymes need only be limited by your imagination! MP3 of Boys and Girls Come Out to Play […]
June 9th, 2014
Kim wrote asking for help with a Ukrainian rhyme her grandmother sings. She would like the correct spelling. Here’s Kim’s email along with a recording in which her grandmother sang the rhyme… Hi, My Grandmother was trying to teach me the words today to this Ukrainian rhyme. I do not speak Ukrainian, and she cannot […]
December 4th, 2012
Dick Aven sent me his musical rendition of the English nursery rhyme: Oh That I Were Where I Would Be! Dick wrote, "Hi, here is a tune I recorded for these traditional lyrics." You can hear it below… MP3 of Oh That I Were Where I Would Be! Oh That I Were Where I Would […]
June 5th, 2012
Here’s a silly English Nursery Rhyme called The Man in the Wilderness with an mp3 recording… MP3 of The Man in the Wilderness Check out Mama Lisa’s The Man in the Wilderness page for more renditions.
March 11th, 2012
Here’s a fun little tongue twisting rhyme with an mp3 recording…. MP3 of Betty Botter Bought Some Better Butter Betty Botter Bought Some Better Butter Betty Botter bought some butter But she said the butter’s bitter, "If I put it in my batter It will make my batter bitter, But a bit of better butter […]
January 20th, 2012
Here’s the poem "Windy Nights" by Robert Louis Stevenson with a recording and illustrations… MP3 Recording of Windy Nights Windy Nights By Robert Louis Stevenson Whenever the moon and stars are set, Whenever the wind is high, All night long in the dark and wet, A man goes riding by. Late in the night when […]
January 11th, 2011
We received two recordings of Arabic rhymes from Morocco. We need help with the original lyrics and/or their translations. It seems the first one has "bgra" (cow) in it. Here are the recordings: Arabic Rhyme 1 Arabic Rhyme 2 If anyone can help with the original Arabic text and/or translations of the rhymes, please comment […]
January 5th, 2011
Today we received 17 new recordings of Spanish and Catalan childrens songs! We added mp3’s of the following Spanish kids songs on Mama Lisa’s World, Songs from Spain: – Al corro de la patata – Arre borriquito – El barquito chiquitito (coming soon) – El cocherito – El patio de mi casa – Chocolate, molinillo […]
December 7th, 2010
Listen to Who Loves the Trees Best? Who Loves the Trees Best? By Alice May Douglas Who loves the trees best? “I,” said the spring, “Their leaves so beautiful To them I bring.” Who loves the trees best? “I,” summer said, “I give them blossoms, White, yellow, red.” Who loves the trees best? “I,” said […]
November 16th, 2010
There are many cat lovers who are looking to read everything written under the sun about cats! These enthusiasts inspired me to translate this poem. It’s called Les Chats (Cats in English) by the French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821 – 1867). It’s from his collection of poems called Les Fleurs du Mal. Below, you can […]
October 9th, 2010
Foreign Lands is a lovely children’s poem by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894). Below you can find the words to the poem and listen to three readings of it… Listen to a recording of Foreign Lands (mp3) #1 Read by Stephanie König Listen to a recording of Foreign Lands (mp3) #2Read by Steven Lamb Listen to […]
June 24th, 2010
Here’s my daughter when she was a 1 or 2 year old singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. It’s not the best recording in the world, but it’s heartwarming to me. Mama Lisa
June 15th, 2010
Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) was an American novelist best known for the novel, Little Women. Here’s a nice little poem she wrote, called Lullaby, with two mp3 recordings. The first was read by Kristin Hughes and the second by Ezwa in Belgium… MP3 Recording of Alcott’s Poem “Lullaby” – #1 MP3 Recording of […]
April 11th, 2010
Here’s a poem about blocks by Robert Louis Stevenson accompanied by a drawing by Gracie and an mp3 recording… Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson What are you able to build with your blocks? Castles and palaces, temples and docks. Rain may keep raining, and others go roam, But I can be happy and building […]
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 […]
February 14th, 2010
Frank wrote… Hello Mama Lisa, I came across your web page, excellent site! Attached please find two mp3 files of two kids song of Two Tigers. Two Tigers MP3 Two Tigers MP3 #2 The lyrics and translation are as follows: Traditional Chinese: 兩隻老虎 兩隻老虎 跑得快 跑得快 隻没有耳朵 隻没有尾巴 真奇怪 真奇怪 Simplified Chinese: 两只老虎 […]
November 23rd, 2009
The Blind Men and the Elephant is a poem by American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) based on an Indian parable. The Blind Men and the Elephant by John Godfrey Saxe MP3 Recording of The Blind Men and the Elephant It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the […]
November 2nd, 2009
Here’s a Thanksgiving poem I wrote in honor of turkeys all over the U.S. in autumn. It’s geared towards older kids. You can click on the mp3 below to hear my husband and me recite it… You’re Not Supposed to Say That! “Cock-a-doodle-doo!” said the turkey. “What?!” went the rooster. “Cock-a-doodle-doo!” “You’re not supposed to […]
October 29th, 2009
We took a walk today in Walt Whitman’s woods in West Hills, on Long Island, east of New York City. I highly recommend taking an autumnal hike or stroll if you can. Then you may feel the truth in Whitman’s line, "As to me I know of nothing else but miracles". There’s much beauty out […]
June 5th, 2009
A third grader named Marisa taught me a hand clapping rhyme called “Hannah Banana”. It comes from a jump rope rhyme called “Anna Banana”. The lyrics to “Anna Banana” are: Anna Banana Plays the piana. All she can play Is, “The Star Spangled Banner”. Anna, Banana Split! “Hannah Banana”, on the other hand, is a […]
May 29th, 2009
“My Shadow” is a wonderful poem by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). It’s a great piece to share with your kids, grandkids or students! You can listen to it recited, by clicking the link below… Listen to MP3 of My Shadow My Shadow I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And […]
May 1st, 2009
Here’s an American hand clapping rhyme with an mp3 recording… Bo Bo Ski Waton Taton Hand Clapping Rhyme Bo bo ski waton taton Bo bo ski waton taton Freeze Please American Cheese Please don’t show your eyes* to me. Listen to an MP3 of Bo Bo Ski Waton Taton *This rhyme can be repeated many […]
April 3rd, 2009
Here’s a lovely poem called Early Spring by Fay Inchfawn. Inchfawn’s real name was Elizabeth Rebecca Ward (1880 – 1978). She was born in England. Early Spring Quick through the gates of Fairyland The South Wind forced his way. ‘Twas his to make the Earth forget Her grief of yesterday. “‘Tis mine,” cried he, “to […]
February 12th, 2009
Ashley wrote to me looking for some Scottish songs to download. Here’s what she wrote… Hi Lisa, I came across your website while I was looking for some traditional Scottish songs for my primary two class, your website is great! I was just wondering if you knew of anywhere I could download music to go […]
October 31st, 2008
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August 26th, 2008
We just added a recording of the Russian finger play Magpie-Magpie – Сорока-Сорока to Mama Lisa’s World’s Russian Song Pages. Click the link for the lyrics, translations and mp3 recording. Mama Lisa
October 22nd, 2007
Monique from France taught me this one. She used to say it to her 1st grade students and they would ask her to say it again (even years later). It’s slightly scary, but has a funny ending. I translated it into English. It would work translated into other languages too. It could be a fun […]
September 30th, 2007
The popular rhyme What’s Your Name? Mary Jane goes back to England over 100 years ago. With the beginning of the new school year, I’ve learnt a new version from a young American schoolgirl. The funny thing about this one is that it refers to Michael Jackson, but she has no idea who he is! […]
December 7th, 2006
From time to time people ask me how one goes about recording audio onto the computer. The first thing you need to record is a microphone. As far as I know, most computers aren’t made with one built in. Before buying a microphone, you need to figure out where you can plug it into your […]
March 19th, 2006
I asked Monique of Mama Lisa’s World en français, if she could recommend any well-known French songs or poems about the Spring. She wrote: Here is a poem we often teach the students, called Le Printemps by Théophile Gautier (1811 – 1872)… MP3 of Le Printemps Le Printemps par Théophile Gautier Regardez les branches Comme […]
January 24th, 2006
Thomas Edison made the first recording of the human voice in 1877. He recited the nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb. He re-recorded it in 1927 for posterity. Mary Had a Little Lamb Mary had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow. And everywhere that Mary went, The lamb was sure to […]
January 4th, 2006
The Twelve Days of Christmas actually start on Christmas and go up to the Epiphany, on January 6th. Here’s the legend: The Three Wise Men saw the star of Bethlehem on the day Jesus was born. It took them the time between Christmas and the Epiphany to find Jesus and present him with the gifts. […]
November 13th, 2005
The history of Children’s Day in India, plus a Rhyme called My Cousin Monkey Goes to Wed, with an MP3 Recording Jawaharlal Nehru was born on November 14, 1889. He was the first prime minister of India, after his country gained independence from Britain. He was extremely outspoken about the importance of children for the […]
October 25th, 2005
As promised yesterday, here are the hand motions that go with Five Little Pumpkins… Five Little Pumpkins Five little pumpkins (Hold up all 5 fingers) Sitting on a gate The first one said, “Oh, my, it’s getting late!” (Point to wrist like checking the time) The second one said, “There are witches in the air!” […]
October 24th, 2005
My previous post included the words to the Five Little Pumpkins Rhyme. Today I recorded it. So here it is… MP3 Recording of Five Little Pumpkins Next I’ll write out the hand motions that go with the rhyme. I’m also in the process of tracking down the words to “The worms crawl in, the worms […]
October 20th, 2005
Fuzzy Wuzzy is one of my favorite rhymes. Here are the lyrics, with an mp3 recording and an illustration. Fuzzy Wuzzy Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair, Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t really fuzzy, Was he? MP3 Recording of Fuzzy Wuzzy Come visit Mama Lisa’s House to see more Illustrated Nursery Rhymes.
October 19th, 2005
Here’s an old Mother Goose rhyme that’s known to have been around since 1812… Barney Bodkin Broke His Nose Barney Bodkin broke his nose, Without feet we can’t have toes; Crazy folks are always mad, Want of money makes us sad. Here is an MP3 of this Nursery Rhyme Nursery rhymes have come from various […]
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