The subject of this rhyme is troublesome, but nevertheless we think the notions it conveys can be the opportunity for a serious family discussion.

"'Mariquita' is a lady bug. But, in this case I think Mariquita is referring to a paper doll. Paper dolls are very popular in Dominican Republic and they are also called 'Mariquitas'." -Massiel

Mariquita - Dominican Children's Songs - Dominican Republic - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Massiel Rodriguez for contributing this song!

Image: "Norma-Dolls" (1919) "Photoplay Magazine", article "Movy-Dols".

¡Muchas gracias!