Children songs about good role models (e.g. St. Martin, Lei Feng, Madhusudan Das)

In many cultures there are children songs about virtuous people, who set a good example for children.<o:p></o:p>

In Germany there is the song about St. Martin, a Christian saint, who cut his cape in two parts to share it with a homeless man. The German children celebrate a lantern festival in his memory on the 11th of November. <o:p></o:p>

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_of_Tours, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrFwtGQyjfM<o:p></o:p>;

In China there is a song called 学习雷锋好榜样 (Follow the Good Example of Lei Feng). It is a very patriotic song about a soldier of the Red Army. 5th of March is "Learn from Lei Feng Day" and on that day a lot of community and school events take place and people clean parks and schools.<o:p></o:p>

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lei_Feng, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1tonM1qnmE<o:p></o:p>;

In the province of Odisha, India, children sing a song to praise Madhusudan Das, an Odia poet and politician. The song describes how he once slipped and fell on a muddy street on the way to school and then decided to pave the street with cobble stones.<o:p></o:p>

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhusudan_Das, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDzXUU21-Uo<o:p></o:p>;

If you sang one of those songs as a child, what do you think about it? What kind of memories or feelings do they evoke?<o:p></o:p>

If you are from another culture, do you have similar songs about virtuous people in your mother tongue? <o:p></o:p>

Mar 21, 2017 10:02 PM
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Many child and youth heroes were celebrated and given as role models to children in Yugoslavia, such as Boško Buha or Pinki. Unfortunately I don't know any songs dedicated to them. The hero of all heroes however was Tito. The stories about his childhood were often told, mostly about how he grew up in a poor family and didn't have many opportunities growing up. There are many songs dedicated to him. This one for example is in 5 different languages:


We don't however sing these songs or celebrate these people any more.

Today school children in Serbia celebrate Sveti Sava, who is considered their protector saint. This is his anthem, though it hardly qualifies as a children's song:


March 22, 2017

WOW! All the three poems are awesome and lovely to listen. They mainly spread a great message to the society and as these are children songs so they always contain some small but effective message so that the little kids can understand it and act like what has shown in the situation in their real life.

As I'm an Odia native speaker, I am well aware of the song you mentioned. I used to sing it many a time in the school as well as in the home as my mother often asked me to sing. There are many songs I used to sing as my mother used to put a lot of effort to teach me those lovely songs but now, I hardly remember any. But if I listen those once, I can sing them again. Thank you @Miriam, by bringing this topic, you jogged my childhood memory which was full of this type of small and beautiful songs:)

By the way, I will try to sing the German and Chinese song but I don't know I may sound weird singing them :)

March 22, 2017


I'm glad that I could evoke some childhood memories and I am looking forward to learn more about Odia songs. If you sing the German and Chinese song, please send me a recording. ;-)


I didn't know that they made this book into a song. Actually it is more of a classic book of rules about how to be a good student. There isn't really a famous person as a role model in it, or is it?

For users, who don't know Chinese, here is a link to the text: http://tsoidug.org/dizigui_trans_simp.php

A intonation of the text: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jb_nrRR_w8 ;


Interesting that there doesn't seem to be such a song in Russian. The song about Tolstoy is very funny!

@ Katarina

Thanks for the links to the songs! It is very interasting to learn about Serbian culture. I've never heard of Boško Buha, Pinki or Sveti Sava before. :-D

March 22, 2017
No, I can't think of any Russia.. even Soviet popular children song like this:)

All I can recall is Soviet anthem (Lenin was there) and some adult humorous song about Leo Tolstoy (it went like this: "great Russian writer, Leo Nikola'ich Tolstoy, he never ate neither fish nor flesh and walked barefeet in his village. Sofia Andreevna, his wife, on hte contrary loved to dine. She never walked barefeet,  saving family honour").
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March 22, 2017