Category Archives: Culture (French)

FAIS DODO (Go to Sleep)

This beloved traditional French lullaby provides a soothing break or lullaby at the end of the day. The song, performed by Didier Prossaird, is from Whistlefritz’s CD AU ZOO (At the Zoo). Song “FAIS DODO” from the Whistlefritz CD AU ZOO.

SOUS LE P’TIT BOUTON (Under the Little Button)

Infused with the rhythm of the Congo, this French African soukous song tells the tale of the tiny mouse that Mr. Marquis discovered under a button. This beloved, participatory song works for kids of all ages. Even very young children enjoy singing the percussive repetition of “-ri, -ri, -ri”, “-ki, -ki, -ki” and “-ton, -ton, […]


Set to an irresistible beguine rhythm, this French-learning song for kids teaches descriptive words and French vocabulary associated with music. “Beguine” is a music form that comes from the French Antilles. The song, performed by Didier, Alexandra, and Laura Prossaird, is from Whistlefritz’s CD AU ZOO (At the Zoo). Song “POUR FAIRE UNE CHANSON” from […]

À LA CLAIRE FONTAINE (At the Clear Fountain)

This beautiful, traditional French song — “À LA CLAIRE FONTAINE” — has been a beloved children’s song for centuries. A soothing quiet down song or lullaby, the song is perfect for the end of the day. This original arrangement by French composer, Didier Prossaird, is from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL.  Song “À LA CLAIRE […]

AH ! VOUS DIRAI-JE, MAMAN (Oh, Shall I Tell You Mommy?)

In this traditional French children’s song — “AH ! VOUS DIRAI-JE, MAMAN” — the child complains to his mother that Daddy wants him to reason like a grown-up, but he thinks reasoning is overrated and candy is better than reason! This original arrangement of the traditional French song is from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL. Song […]


What could be better than a day celebrating crepes? That’s exactly what happens on La Chandeleur! La Chandeleur is a fun and tasty French tradition associated with the February 2nd holiday of Candelmas. The French tradition involves the preparation of delicious crepes. This original French children’s song –“LA CHANDELEUR” — teaches kids French vocabulary for […]


La galette des rois — the “king cake” or “kings’ cake” — is a fun and tasty French tradition associated with the January 6th holiday of Epiphany.  According to tradition, the baker of the cake inserts la fève — a tiny charm or figurine — into the cake and then it is sliced.  The youngest […]


“In France, we speak French. That’s the country I’m from. But there are many other countries, you know, where they speak French too.” This fun call-and-response song teaches kids the names of many of the countries in the world where French is spoken. This French children’s song — “ON PARLE LE FRANÇAIS” — composed by […]


It’s time to dance, sing, and have a parade! It’s Carnaval! This high-energy French children’s song — “CARNAVAL” — teaches action words associated with the celebration of the season known as Carnaval. The song, composed by Didier Prossaird, is from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL. Song “CARNAVAL” from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL.


Don’t giggle! This traditional French folksong is a fun musical game that begins with two kids holding each other’s goatees and staring at each other. The first one to laugh loses. Laughter is infectious as the players hold different parts of each other’s faces while trying to coax their partner into a smile or giggle. […]