Caribay Delgado who lives in Maracaibo, Venezuela sent us this rhyme with the note:

"This one is a rhyme, specifically a 'copla', a type of short, originally Spanish poem that has four lines of eight syllables each and is very common in Spanish-speaking folk expressions. It's sung too but the melody changes from mom to mom and is about teaching babies to clap their hands as if they were making arepas (which is a round 'bread' made of corn, similar to polenta but a lot more firm), it sounds to me also like a complaint on lazy men who leave all the parenting to women."

Arepita de manteca - Venezuelan Children's Songs - Venezuela - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*Literally "gives the breast"

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Arepita de manteca

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Caribay Delgado for contributing and translating this song and for the interesting commentary.

¡Muchas gracias!