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.
Anna Dewdney - Author Website
Find printables, games, activities and more at http://llamallamabook.com
Watch the Barnes and Noble Storytime this month and listen to Anna Dewdney read from her new book, Llama Llama Home with Mama.
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!
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