Mama Lisa's World
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A place for poems, songs, rhymes and traditions from around the world for both kids and grown-ups to enjoy!

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When Pop Rocks and Lollipops Ruled the World Gina Smith writes freelance articles for magazines, online outlets and publications covering the latest topics in the business, golf, tourism, technology and entertainment industries. My husband and I went to the movies over the weekend and felt like we entered a time machine as we watched people […]
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Mama Lisa’s World now has a song, rhyme or proverb from every country in the world! You can access them all at the links below: Countries and Cultures: Countries A to Z  Languages: Languages A to Z If you’re curious about the numbers, that’s: 242 Countries & Cultures and 229 Languages A great, big thanks […]
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"To a Butterfly" was written by William Wordsworth in 1801.  When he was a kid, Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy would chase butterflies in the summer. When he was about 8 years old his mother passed away. He and his sister were separated. He wrote two poems called "To a Butterfly" which seem to be […]
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Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël ! Best wishes for a lovely holiday! Mama Lisa & Tatie Monique
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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 […]
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Happy Spring! Here is a poem called "Spring" to celebrate this wonderful time of year!  It was written by British poet, Thomas Nashe (1567-1601).  You can read the poem below and listen along with the recording. MP3 of Spring Spring   Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year’s pleasant king; Then blooms each thing, then […]
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Little Orphant Annie is a poem written by James Whitcomb Riley in 1885.  The language is a little different from standard English because it was written in the Hoosier dialect of Indiana. You can find the poem below with two different mp3 recordings.  The first recording is more emotive, while the 2nd is very clear […]
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Here’s a poem called To the Gnat by Samuel Rogers.  It seems like a fitting poem with summer quickly approaching and bringing with it those pesky gnats!  You’ll find the words and an mp3 recording below.  After the poem you can find definitions to some of the words that are lesser known. MP3 of To […]
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Here’s the fun and lovely poem called Fairies by Rose Fyleman (1579-1625) with an mp3 recording. MP3 of Fairies Fairies THERE are fairies at the bottom of our garden! It’s not so very, very far away; You pass the gardner’s shed and you just keep straight ahead — I do so hope they’ve really come […]
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS. [FROM A FAIRY TO A CHILD.] Lady dear, if Fairies may For a moment lay aside Cunning tricks and elfish play, ‘Tis at happy Christmas-tide. We have heard the children say— Gentle children, whom we love— Long ago, on Christmas Day, Came a message from above. Still, as Christmas-tide comes round, They remember […]
Answering the following question, gives a fresh new perspective on life: "Before I die I want to…"  Artist Candy Chang made a wall with this question on it, on an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans.  You can hear about the results in the video below… Feel free to answer this question in […]
We’ve been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  We’re fine, we just have no power.  Here are some quick ideas for kids when you have no power… play games, read books out loud, take turns telling stories, draw… and go out to places that have power.  We were able to see Wreck It Ralph last night which […]
What is Success? is a poem written by Bessie A. Stanley.  It’s a poem that explores what it means to live a full, fruitful, compassionate life.  These are topics that are important to speak with children about.  You can listen to the poem and read along below… MP3 of What is Success? What is Success? […]
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Seven Sprays by Juliana Townsend Seven sprays of pussy willow Each one has a little bed, Each one has a little pillow, None of them are red. Seven sprays of pussy willow: Some of them are gray, These little baby buds Chased the old winter away. MP3 of Seven Sprays Photo by Mama Lisa
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Where the Bee Sucks is from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.  In the play, it’s sung by the fairy spirit Ariel.  You can read this lovely song below and listen along to two different renditions of it – one recited, the other sung. Where The Bee Sucks (Shakespeare) Where the bee sucks, there suck I: In […]
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My daughter’s class had a multicultural celebration recently where each kid interviewed a relative about a recipe that’s been handed down in the family.  My daughter interviewed my Mom about her manicotti recipe. Here’s part of what she learned: "Manicotti is from Italy, and it’s been in my family since 1810.  It was passed down […]
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Candlemas is a Christian holiday that takes place on February 2nd each year. In France they eat crepes for Candlemas. Monique wrote, "…you have ‘la chandeleur – les crêpes’ for Candlemas.  From mid January till early February in stores they sell "crêpières" (flat, low frying pans to cook crêpes) and all the stuff necessary (or […]
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Check out the butter churn from our town’s old General Store!  The historical society donated it to our local coffee shop. This was the store’s coffee grinder! What a huge machine for grinding coffee.  Very neat to see! -Mama Lisa
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Christmas Husbandry Fare is a poem by Thomas Tusser (1515 – 1580) showing how important it was to English Lords of the time to include hospitality as part of their Christmas festivities… Christmas Husbandry Fare Good husband and housewife, now chiefly be glad Things handsome to have, as they ought to be had, They both […]
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Our first Kindle book, Mama Lisa’s Christmas Around the World, is now available on Amazon for just $2.99! Learn how this joyful season is celebrated across the globe. Featuring traditions, songs and personal stories! People everywhere love Christmas – but we don’t all celebrate it the same way. Mama Lisa’s Christmas Around The World is […]
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