March 2nd, 2017
"Patience" is a great poem about the importance of forbearance. Often you’ll just hear the 1st verse recited like a proverb. You can listen to the poem below and read along with the text. MP3 of the Poem Patience Patience By Anna M. Pratt If a string is in a knot, Patience will untie it. […]
June 9th, 2016
In America, we celebrate dad on the 3rd Sunday of June by treating him to his favorite meal or spending quality time doing something he loves. But that’s not the case in every country. Every culture has their own ways to show appreciation to their fathers. For example, in South Africa families go fishing or […]
March 15th, 2015
Hi, People around the world have different ways of greeting using their bodies. Here are some with videos to see how they’re done… India – Touching Adults Feet Younger people touch the feet of their elders to ask for blessings. In the return, the elder touches the younger one’s head while giving their blessing. Thailand […]
October 22nd, 2012
"Ging Gang Goolie" was written by Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, for the 1st World Scout Jamboree in 1920. Kids from 34 countries attended the event. The song is gibberish on purpose so that kids all over the world who speak different languages can sing along and not feel like the song […]
February 17th, 2012
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili, […]
September 6th, 2011
Here’s a poem about a girl turning six, written by New Zealand’s poet Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923). The writing is slightly old-fashioned, but I find it feels more modern in the recording below. It was recited by Gabrielle C. MP3 Recording of On a Young Lady’s Sixth Anniversary On a Young Lady’s Sixth Anniversary by Katherine […]
May 18th, 2011
Dragons Under My Bed is New Zealand singer and songwriter Kath Bee’s first cd. Kids will love her friendly style of singing. Kath’s New Zealand accent is charming. Her rhythms are upbeat and the lyrics clear and understandable (a must for kids). The lyrics and themes are fun too… dragons (of course!), animals at the […]
April 20th, 2010
Here are two mother themed poems by Lola Ridge (1873 – 1941). I’m posting these now since we’re so close to Mothers Day… Mama Mama’s face is smooth and pale as tea-rose leaves. That ivory oval of aunt Gem you sucked the miniature off had black black hair like mama. : : Pit-it-ty-pat, Mama walks […]
October 10th, 2009
Sharon wrote: Hi Lisa, This is really a shot in the dark, but I’m wondering if you know of a song, which I believe is Maori. A friend of mine taught it to me, but she doesn’t know the translation or anything else about it. I’m wondering if you’ve heard of it, and if so, […]
March 12th, 2009
E Papä Waiari is a song and a stick game played in New Zealand. John Archer, of the site New Zealand Folk Song, wrote me, “Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world learn the Maori stick tossing song ‘E Papa Waiari’.” According to his site, this is a stick game which are called […]
February 22nd, 2009
We’d love it if you’d join the Mama Lisa Facebook Group. You can post anything you’d like about your culture. You can post your own musical recordings or YouTube videos… Links to culture and musical sites… Photos of your country… Questions about songs or cultural issues… Anything related to World Culture and Music… Click on […]
October 8th, 2008
Heather was nice enough to send me a few recordings of some American children’s songs that she did. She sent me mp3’s of the following songs: I’m Popeye the Sailor Man (Spoof) Don’t Put Your Trash in My Backyard/Fish and Chips and Vinegar Animal Fair Home on the Range/Oh Give Me a Home (the regular […]
September 20th, 2007
Leah wrote: Hi. I remember singing the chicken dance, as a young child, but can’t remember the words. I think the start went “Kapu kapu, ringa ringa, paki paki…” but am unsure how it finishes. Could you help me? Thanks, Leah If anyone can help with this song, please comment below or email me. Thanks! […]
April 24th, 2007
Ann Romano wrote me: Hello Lisa Do you know the words to a Kiwi Song that I heard recently? It started with Taranaki Shoe Shine Boy, and 2nd line was, I will follow you etc. I just loved the song, but can’t seem to find the wording anywhere. If you have the lyrics – this […]
November 30th, 2006
A significant part of the Mama Lisa sites is a large collection of songs and nursery rhymes from around the world. We currently have about 750 songs from around 90 countries and cultures. When you consider how many languages there are in those cultures – that’s a lot of information! In order to make it […]
December 9th, 2005
Here’s the annotated version of A Pukeko in a Ponga Tree – with definitions of the words below the song… A Pukeko in a Ponga Tree (The 12 Days of Christmas) On the first day of Christmas My true love gave to me A pukeko in a ponga tree On the second day of Christmas […]
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100 Songs With Sheet Music And Links To Recordings
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - Kid Songs Around The World is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In Kid Songs Around The World we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe. (Over 350 pages!)
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music.
All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance.
Each includes a beautiful illustration.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they've meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!
This is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately. (It is not a physical book.)