Monday, September 19, 2011

Llama Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney: Giveaway and Review - Llama Clothespin Craft

"Llama" is a rather strange word, isn't it? It is one of the only English words that begins with a double "l." According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word is Spanish in origin, from Quechua, the language spoken by the Incas. Two l's are typically pronounced as a y in the Spanish language so technically the word should read "yama" (or "lyama" in Quechua).

Several poets and authors have used the fun double "l" word in their works. Ogden Nash wrote an animal verse titled, "The Lama." Mary Ann Hoberman writes of "The Llama Who Had No Pajama" in her poetry book of the same title.

More familiar to kids nowadays is Anna Dewdney's New York Times bestselling Llama Llama picture book series. Part of the reason the books are so popular is that parents and kids can easily identify with the various childhood dramas that little Llama Llama character experiences. In the books, Llama Mama helps him cope with his emotions and reassures her little llama. Dewdney's books are a joy to read and the rhythmic verses roll of your tongue with repetitive "llama llama ... mama" and other rhymes. The newest and fifth book in the series is Llama Llama Home with Mama.

Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney. Viking / Penguin Books for Young Readers (August 2011); ISBN 9780670012329; 40 pages

"Llama Llama, red pajama, sick and bored, at home with Mama."

Llama Llama wakes up feeling yucky and ends up spending his day sick at home accompanied by his mama. Mama Llama does all she can to help her little llama recover but, go figure, ends up sick with the same illness. Luckily, Llama Llama follows his mama's example and knows just what to do to help his mama feel better. In her painted illustrations, Dewdney perfectly captures the trials of spending a day sick at home...expressions of exhaustion, red noses (somehow she makes a sore, red nose look cute) and mounds of handkerchiefs. She also includes plenty of expressive words revolving around the sickness theme (yes, shnorltes is a word in her book!)

Out of all the books in the series this is my favorite. For once Dewdney doesn't really address a behavioral issue, but writes of sickness and colds, something that all children and parents suffer with at some point. The premise is so sweet and tender -- Llama Llama and Mama at home sick together snuggling and taking care of each other. Even though Llama Llama becomes bored when he starts to feel better, he doesn't behave inappropriately. Instead, he finds a solution to address his boredom. His solution? Books! Any book that promotes reading together as a family (sick or not) is, in my opinion, a keeper.

Other books in the series: Llama Llama Red Pajama, Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Llama Llama Misses Mama and Llama Llama Holiday Drama.

Related Links:
Anna Dewdney - Author Website

Find printables, games, activities and more at

Watch the Barnes and Noble Storytime this month and listen to Anna Dewdney read from her new book, Llama Llama Home with Mama.

✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ Letter "L" Llama Llama Clothespin Craft ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

The double "l" llama is the perfect word to use when discussing the letter "l" with preschoolers. I found a Llama Alphabet Coloring Page and printed it on cardstock paper for my son to color. We talked about a the letter "L" while he colored. After he finished coloring I cut out the llama and cut off the legs. My son was a little upset about this part of the craft but felt better when he saw that we were going to add new legs. We observed that a clothespin looks like a lower-case "l" and that the word "leg" also starts with "l." My son pinned the two double "l" clothespin legs on his llama and made his llama leap. Llama Llama likes to use his legs to leap!

Win a Llama Llama Prize Pack! Viking / Penguin has kindly offered to sponsor a special Llama Llama giveaway.

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Laura Renegar said...

We love the Llama Llama books, so I hope we win.

Great blog. I love how you included a llama craft.

annies home said...

love book like this for my grands this fall we plan to visit an animal farm and this would be a great book to read to them as well

Christy Killoran said...

My daughter loves the series; I had no idea there was a new one. Cute craft.

karenzi said...

My daughter loves these books - something about them makes her giggle every time! Thanks for the chance to win!

traveler said...

This is a delightful and special book. A unique idea to feature a llama. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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apple blossom said...

I love children's books and this one looks and sounds so cute. I'd love to win it. thanks for the chance.

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Kelley said...

I love Llama Llama books. I would love to add this one to my little ones home library. kelleykjag at

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Gwendolyn B. said...

We llove llove llama llamas at my house! We even "know" some that we feed carrots to on the weekends! Thanks for the chance to win the latest in one of our favorite series!

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Jaedyn said...

We LOVE Llama Llama books! We have three but not this one - we'd be excited to win this one. :) Thanks for hosting!

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Unknown said...

Eek! We love, love, LOVE the Llama books in our house, so I just gotta enter! :0)

ossmcalc said...

My grandson would really enjoy a book like this and would love the stuffed llama. I would love to win the book and stuffed animal for my grandson.

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Theresa N. said...

We love the baby Llama storys and all that llama drama.
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Katrina said...

I am always looking for super cute books to read to my daughter...especially when she is sick.

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Kristie said...

These books are all so cute and I love the craft you did! What a neat idea! :-)

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Roxanne said...

We love Llama Llama books!!

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Staci A said...

We love the Llama Llama books, and this one sounds wonderful too. I love how expressive the books are!
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Unknown said...

My kids loved Llama Llama Red Pajama but we have not read the other books. Thanks for the chance! aitmama {{at}} gmail {{tod}} com

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Anonymous said...

I am excited to see this Llama Llama available. My 2 yr old would love to have the book. mom to 5.5 kiddies

Dolphin Girl said...

I have wanted to read my kids the llama books but they have been checked out at the library. I would love to win!

Anonymous said...

we would love this book. we just started with the llama series and love it so far

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Unknown said...

My little girl loves llama llama book series! would love to win this book!!

Carole Spring said...

My grandson loves the other books in the Llama Llama series and I'm sure he would love this one as well. Thank you for the chance to win.

I think your llama llama clothespin craft is really cute and may have to borrow your idea for my grandson - he enjoys craft projects.


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Unknown said...

We've enjoyed some of the Llama series as my daugter gets older (now 5). Although the illustrations are just adorable and make you want to read to toddlers, I would reccomend the concepts for kids ages 4-6! We would LOVE to win this prize pack!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the clothespin legs you put on your llama! They're so cute, and a great way to make animal drawings into 3D toys.

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

all of the llama books look so cute!! Thank you for the contest!!

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Terra Heck said...

This sounds like a wonderful book to read to little ones. Thanks.

Megan Earley said...

My daughter loves Llama Llama Red Pajama, so she'd love this book and the plush toy as well.
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Mona said...

Thanks for the giveaway :)
My daughter and I have read a few of the books in this series and they are so much fun. We enjoy the rhyming and stories.


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Jessica said...

I have never read a Llama Llama book, but they look adorable. I would love to read them with my daughter. Thanks for the giveaway!
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HilarieLognion said...

I am a graduate student, and found your link via pinterest. I am using your activity for one of my assignments, but am going to modify it a bit by having my students write a rhyming word from the Red Pajama book on each clothespin leg. Thank you for the idea!!!