(My Grandpa Went on His Horse Red)
(My Grandpa and My Grandma)
(Fa, Fa and Flutter)
(One Little, Two Little, Three Little Fingers)
(Flee, Flee Folks)
(Happy Birthday to You )
(Hear, Smith of the Heavens)
(Around My Thoughts and Heart)
(My Little Sister Sigga)
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Icelandic Pancakes are called Pönnukökur. They’re served for breakfast and also for special occasions. They’re more like French crepes than thick American pancakes. These pancakes are mainly served two ways, either sprinkled with sugar and rolled up or covered in blueberry (or [...]
Nancy Bienski wrote me: Can anyone translate this Icelandic nursery song? Mér um hug og hjarta nú Mér um hug og hjarta nú hljómar sætir líða. Óma vorljóð óma þú út um grundir víða. [...]
Julie and Beth wrote looking for the origins of two Scandinavian rhymes that are played with little kids while touching their toes. We’re wondering if anyone’s ever heard of these rhymes and perhaps knows what country they’re from and/or anything else about their origins. [...]
I just received some nursery rhymes from Iceland. Since Iceland’s not yet on Mama Lisa’s World, I’ll post one here now as a sneak preview. It’s called My Little Sister Sigga. Here it is in Icelandic, followed by an English translation… Sigga litla systir mín [...]
Szarka Peter wrote to us about Easter Monday in Hungary… Soaking Girls in Water The tradition in my area is that you could soak only the girl you danced with during the carnival (open-tide) ball(s) -Soaking the girls in water is a fertility ritual :-) ! The girls return the [...]
In December, Lin wrote from Indonesia about the Hot beverages they drink there in the winter-time… It’s rainy season here, cool and windy weather often comes to visit us. Even 24°C (75F) is considered cool enough here :D December, January and February are perfect times for hot and [...]
Becky Haegele wrote to us on the Mama Lisa Facebook Group asking for help with a tickling rhyme her grandmother would play and recite to her. Here’s her question: Grandmother had a baby rhyme supposedly about cream and a mouse. She would circle her finger in the palm of baby’s hand [...]
Lori wrote asking for help with a song her Norwegian father used to sing to her in English. We’re not sure if the song was originally in English or Norwegian. Here’s her email… I don't know the name of this Norwegian song but it goes something like this: I went to New York [...]
Monique Palomares wrote to me about the Game of Four Corners that’s played in France, Italy and elsewhere. Monique was a primary school teacher and now works with us on the French and Spanish versions of Mama Lisa’s World. The Game of 4 Corners is for children 5 years and up and is [...]
Terenzio wrote asking for help finding a Sicilian folk song from childhood: Ciao Mamalisa Enjoying your site! Might you help me find the lyrics and/or recording of an Italian folk song our Sicilian uncle used to sing us about a dancing goat? Very happy song: “…Tiri catola tiri catola [...]
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