(Good Child, Forgive Me)
(The Ostrich Song)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
100 Songs With Sheet Music And Links To Recordings
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - Kid Songs Around The World is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In Kid Songs Around The World we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe. (Over 350 pages!)
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music.
All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance.
Each includes a beautiful illustration.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they've meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!
This is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately. (It is not a physical book.)
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Gambia and more.
Del Dallimore has been living in Gambia in Africa for many years. She works in the local clinic and helps at the school. Here’s what she wrote the other day about the local meaning of her dream about food… "Weird dream last night. Dreamed my children were still little, and there [...]
Recently, Del in Gambia sent us photos of the Kankurang, a central figure in male circumcision traditions in Gambia. I just received this note from Del: I did a bit of research and came up with this: Kankurang The Kankurang is part of the Gambian male circumcision ceremony. Most boys are [...]
Del Dallimore shared these photos from Gambia Africa of the Kankurang. She wrote, “He is the circumciser, and snatches certain kids away from their homes. No wonder the kids are terrified! The children and often the parents try and avoid the Kankurang – so a male child can be [...]
Del wrote from The Gambia, “Lisa – today is also the Muslim celebration of Koriteh – after the Ramadan fast. So people here too are very happy.” I read that kids go around to houses asking for “salibo” (sweets or money) just like the western Halloween. Happy [...]
I blogged recently about how Del Dallimore has been collecting Gambian children’s songs on YouTube. Del took these photos below of scarecrows in the rice fields of Brufut, Gambia. I thought it was interesting how they look different from those here in the US. The scarecrows in [...]
Delyth Dallimore recently sent me the wonderful video below from The Gambia… The lyrics to the video can be found on our new Gambian song pages. The video is on the Mandinka language. Del is collecting videos of Gambian children’s songs on her YouTube channel. Here’s what she [...]
Erin wrote looking for help with a Dutch children’s song… I’m searching for a children’s song I learned as a child from a teacher I had with Dutch ancestry. I do not have knowledge of Dutch or how to write it but I have a translation. Please let me know if you’ve [...]
Terry Haun wrote asking for info about a rhyme: My Grandmother sang a rhyme when she was a child (early 1900’s) and taught it to me and I taught it to my children. Although we have no idea where it came from, as she did not remember. Her great-grandfather was from England and came over [...]
Frère Jacques was the first foreign language song I learnt as a young child. It opened whole new possibilities about the human experience to me…. there was a place in the world where people said “frère” for brother. Instead of asking “Are you asleep?” They said, [...]
Ron wrote looking for help with a song his grandmother would sing to him… My Nonna (Diletta Da Vinchie) used to rock me to sleep when I was very little. She was born in Domegge Di Cadore Italy. All I can remember is the words and I’m probably pronouncing them wrong: Ta-Ling, Ta-Long, [...]
A Mama Lisa Book
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