(The Forest Song)
(Come on Little Horse)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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!
Music, culture and traditions from all around the world!
Eugene Field (1850 – 1895) is a beloved American children’s poet. Here’s a sweet poem he wrote to help put children to sleep at night. You can read the text and listen to a recording of the poem in the YouTube video below… The Rock-A-By Lady By Eugene Field The Rock-a-By [...]
Maryan Anshur has been collecting Somali children’s stories, songs and lullabies for 30 years. In the podcast below she talks about the songs of Somalia and even sings some lullabies… Maryan produced a booklet and CD, to preserve her Somali cultural heritage. You can find it at [...]
The game of Five Stones is also known as Knucklebones. It’s a time-honored game that was played in ancient Greece, Rome and even earlier. Nowadays, in the US it’s played with jacks. In some parts of the world it’s played with 5 flat stones or pebbles. In other places, it’s [...]
Written by Emanuela Marsura, a schoolteacher from Italy. Emanuela is interested in reviving the old-time games of childhood. A time when all children would play outside together, regardless of age. A time when most games where played with objects that everyone can easily find. There are games that [...]
Mama Lisa’s World is 20 years old this year! Over the many years, we’ve been collecting songs with many versions around the world usually in different languages. Some examples are “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, “Happy Birthday to You” and “Frère [...]
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 [...]
Kadomatsu (, “gate pine”) is a traditional Japanese decoration for the New Year. Usually two pines (forming a gate) are placed on either side of the front door right after Christmas until January 7th. It’s placed there for good luck in the New Year. This tradition seems to date [...]
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 [...]
When Christmas Comes is a poignant poem by Canadian poet Virna Sheard (1862 – 1943). The poem compares Christmas for a child versus an adult, and all the memories it brings up for the latter. Below you can listen to the poem and read along with the text… MP3 of When Christmas Comes [...]
Indonesian Nastar Cookies have delicious pineapple inside. These cookies are eaten for Natale (Christmas), the Chinese New Year and Lebaran (Eid al-Fitr). They’re also eaten in Malaysia and Singapore. Lin wrote the following about them from Indonesia: “Made from a flour and butter [...]
100 Favorites (300+ Pages), Many with Sheet Music and Links to Recordings!
In Nursery Rhyme Favorites we've gathered over 100 beloved Mother Goose songs & rhymes.
This book includes:
-Mother Goose songs, rhymes, lullabies, circle games, and finger plays
-Full text of each rhyme
-Commentary from ordinary people about what the poems have meant to their lives
-Links to over 100 Recordings
You'll find over 100 favorite nursery rhymes, including:
-The Itsy Bitsy Spider
-Ring Around The Rosie
-In A Cabin In A Wood
-Bye Baby Bunting
And many more!
THIS IS A DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK AVAILABLE INSTANTLY.