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Kid Songs and Rhymes of
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We're lucky to have recordings of 3 of the Telugu rhymes and 4 of the Tamil songs from India. Hindi, Urdu and Malayalam have been recently added to our collection too. Enjoy! - Lisa

English

I Hear Thunder (Nursery Rhyme)  

Hindi

English

Akar bakar bombay bo (Counting-out Rhyme)  
Counting Song (Nursery Rhyme)
Fish is the Queen of Water (Nursery Rhyme)  
Johnny Johnny. Yes, Papa. (Nursery Rhyme)
Little Miss Muffet (Nursery Rhyme)
Mary Had a Little Lamb (Nursery Rhyme) Midi
Potato Says (Nursery Rhyme)  
Sleep, Baby, Sleep (Lullaby)  
There Was a Thirsty Crow (Nursery Rhyme)
Tick Tick Tick (Nursery Rhyme)

Malayalam

English

Marathi

English

Rain, Rain, Come Here (Nursery Rhyme)  

Tamil

English

Short, Short Duck (Nursery Rhyme)
Rock Baby Rock (Lullaby) MP3

Telugu

English

In a Pretty Lake (Riddle) MP3
Come Sweet Moon (Lullaby) MP3

Urdu

English

 
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