(God's Place, Ah, God's Home!)
(Lily's Dad Asked Us)
("T", "T" Stays Down)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
A Mama Lisa Book
Over 125 songs and rhymes. Each includes the full text in Spanish, with translations into English. Many include links to recordings. Order Here!
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Palestine and more.
Baba Ghanoush (also spelled baba ghanouj) is an eggplant dip that’s eaten in the Middle East. Variations can be found in Egypt, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Jordon, Lebanon, Turkey and Armenia. Baba Ghanoush is often served with other dips like hummus. Pita bread is usually sliced up and dipped [...]
Rondi wrote to me… Hello Lisa! This is Rondi Charleston – I am a singer/songwriter in the NY area. I have an important recording project coming up in which I need an Arabic Lullaby to incorporate into an original song. I’m searching for the MELODY! Sheet music? or an MP3? I heard [...]
This week we were fortunate enough to receive recordings of four Arabic songs from Lebanon. I’m posting one of the songs below for you to hear. Here’s Tic Tic Tic Sleiman’s Mother in Arabic, with an English translation and the transliteration, so you can listen along to hear how [...]
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 […] [...]
Simon wrote looking for help with a South African poem or song that his mother would recite… My mother was born in Kimberley, South Africa back in 1919. Family name was Rhoda. Although she left South Africa as a very young child and died in 2007, I can recall she used to recite some lines [...]
Joanie Calem sent us this article about the Arbor Day holiday and music in Israel. 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 [...]
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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