Here's what Hana wrote about the meaning of some of the phrases in this rhyme:

"In Czech šup means something like POOF... used to indicate a sudden vanishing: The magician waved a wand, and poof! The birds disappeared!

I think that it comes from 'SUBito, presto' and it could mean QUICKLY.

'zakroutila hlavičkou' - something like a head twist - I am not sure, but maybe the fox wanted to express that there was nothing (left) for the fifth one.

Usually 'the one who got nothing' ran away and hid somewhere (or goes somewhere where it is possible to find something to eat). But I think that it is up to you. It is for children to make them laugh and smile and the adults say sometimes whatever..."



Many thanks to the Hruska-Valach Family of Lewistown, Montana for recording and sending this song.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Hana Cice for contributing this song. Translated by Mama Lisa and Hana.