(Lullaby, He's Not Home)
(Eci peci pec)
(I am Little Roza)
(I'm an Orphan)
(We Are Happy Children)
(Ring-a Ring-a Raja)
(Go to Sleep My Baby)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Croatia and more.
"Grandmas Project is a collaborative web-series sharing the recipes and stories of grandmas around the world, filmed by their grandchildren." What a wonderful idea! Check it out at Grandmas Project. There "you can watch films, apply as a filmmaker, explore recipes, share stories [...]
Sanda wrote to us about Croatian lullabies... "If you are looking for real Croatian traditional lullabies, there is a CD of woman group singing klapa. Klapa is traditional form of a capella singing from Dalmatia, on the Croatian coast. [Note from Mama Lisa: Klapa means, ‘a group of [...]
Maury wrote looking for help with a nursery rhyme game from Croatia. Here’s his letter: Dear Lisa, I am trying to locate the correct wording / spelling of the Croatian Nursery game, Mala Misica ( Little Mouse ). Goes something like, Mala Misica kuhali kava, ( Stirring motion [...]
Krampus is a nasty demon with horns and a long red tongue. His name comes from the word for "Claw". He accompanies St. Nick on his rounds the night before St. Nick’s Day (December 6th). St. Nick gives all the good little boys and girls gifts. Krampus, on the [...]
Michael wrote: Hi Lisa, We just returned from a vacation in Croatia. We are German and have 3 little girls. They learned a song from a “mini disco”. I hope you can tell me the name of the song. From what we understood it sounds like this: Kille killi jakasaka okoama bum (repeats) Olee [...]
Guest Blogger, Ed Gawlinski, has been involved in many cultural organizations throughout his life. Here, he discusses Easter traditions in several Eastern European cultures. A common custom is to color hard boiled eggs for Easter. We usually colored them on Good Friday, while eating hot cross [...]
Helen Hyde (1868 – 1919) was an American painter, etcher and printmaker. Her work often depicted women and children in various countries around the world. She was a very modern woman who traveled extensively and even lived in Japan for 15 years – something that was very challenging for [...]
The Parade of Nations is part of the opening ceremony at the Olympics. Teams from each nation march out together starting with Greece as the originator of the Olympic games. The parade ends with the host country, in this case it’s South Korea, though they’re marching with North Korea [...]
Xhosa is a Bantu language of the Xhosa people of South Africa. It’s spoken as a first language by over 8 million people. In the map of South Africa above the green areas show where the largest portion of people speak Xhosa as their first language. We have some Xhosa Kids Songs on Mama [...]
French Macarons are different from Coconut Macaroons. French Macarons are made with almonds, while macaroons are made with coconut. The 1st modern-like version of French Macarons comes from the 1650’s. At the time, they were eaten individually (only one side). Around 1900, the 1st Macarons [...]
100+ Favorites (230+ Pages), Many with Sheet Music and Links to Recordings!
Frère Jacques is one of the most popular songs in the world. It exists in more countries and versions than any other we've found, and kids everywhere know the tune. That makes it ideal to introduce children to languages and international culture.
In Frère Jacques Around The World we've gathered over 100 of these versions, from many countries.
This book includes:
• Over 100 versions of Frère Jacques
• Full text of each in the original language
• English translations
• Many with sheet music
• Links to web pages with recordings and videos
• Commentary from our correspondents about what the songs and rhymes have meant to their lives
We've included versions from countries all over the world, including Mexico, Japan, Thailand and, of course, France.
You'll also find an article by Mama Lisa about Teaching Kids To Love Language with Frère Jacques.
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