This song is based on a Jean de La Fontaine fable.

Le rat de ville et le rat des champs - French Children's Songs - France - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*The dish is "ortolans" - a type of little bird that it's now illegal to eat (read more about it here).

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Le rat de ville et le rat des champs

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translation by Lisa Yannucci.

Lyrics and score can be found in "Chansons de France pour les petits Français", scores by J.B. Weckerlin; illustrations by M. Boutet de Monvel, author - Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin.

Image: The Aesop for Children with pictures by Milo Winter.