(My Heart's Desire Comes to My Lips as a Prayer)
(There Was a Thirsty Crow)
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Written by Emanuela Marsura, a schoolteacher from Italy. “Once upon a time...” so begins every tale, returning to a time outside of time. So also began the narrative of games of yore in Italy... Once upon a time there was a place where little boys and girls could fill their days with [...]
Lohri is a Winter Bonfire Festival that’s celebrated in Punjab, a region of Pakistan and India in January. At night, people sing Punjabi songs and throw popcorn and other offerings on the fire. One aspect of Lohri is the tale of Dulla Bhatti. Bhatti is a Robinhood type figure from the 16th [...]
Lohri is a Bonfire Festival that takes place in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan after the beginning of winter. This year it’s celebrated on January 13th. Lohri commemorates the passing of the Winter Solstice. An important part of the festival is lighting a bonfire. The light is [...]
I received this note a while ago… Hello my Name is Stefanie, I’m from Germany and on Google I was searching for a lullaby in Urdu. Google showed me your website. I’m pregnant in the 14th week and the father is from Pakistan and he also speaks Urdu. That’s why I’m [...]
Joanie Calem sent us this article about a Jewish holiday called Purim. Joanie is a musician, singer/song-writer, and teacher. She moved to Israel when she was 15 and and lived there for 23 years. Now she lives in the US and is involved in music and story programs for children including one called, [...]
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 [...]
Josiah wrote asking for help with a rhyme you do while touching the parts of the face: I have been on a quest for my mother to help identify a thing that my great grandma did with babies when she was holding them. After tons of Internet searching trying to find individual words i did a […] [...]
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Over 80 songs and rhymes, in Italian with translations into English. Including favorite songs like "La bella lavanderina" (The Pretty Washerwoman), nursery rhymes like "Batta le Manine" (Clap Your Hands) and Christmas carols like the beloved "Tu scendi dalle stelle" (You Come Down from the Stars). Order Here!