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Llama Llama Misses Mama
Contributor(s): Dewdney, Anna (Author)

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ISBN: 0593116712     ISBN-13: 9780593116715
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Board Books - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2019

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings
Dewey: E
Age Level: 0-3
Grade Level: Preschool-P
Series: Llama Llama
Physical Information: 0.8" H x 7.5" W x 7.6" (0.95 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 129410
Reading Level: 1.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s): Anna Dewdney was a teacher, mother, and enthusiastic proponent of reading aloud to children. She continually honed her skills as an artist and writer and published her first Llama Llama book in 2005. Her passion for creating extended to home and garden and she lovingly restored an 18th century farmhouse in southern Vermont. She wrote, painted, gardened, and lived there with her partner, Reed, her two daughters, two wirehaired pointing griffons, and one bulldog. Anna passed away in 2016, but her spirit will live on in her books.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall)
In bouncy rhyming couplets, this reassuring book describes Llama Llama's first day at preschool. Missing Mama, he hangs back and cries a little. But the teacher is kind, and the other children are friendly, so he decides to join in: "Llama finds out something new-- / He loves Mama...and school, too!" The spirited illustrations show all the trappings of a busy preschool. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 March #5)

Llama Llama starts school in the third of Dewdney's gentle series. When Mama Llama waves goodbye to Llama Llama, he starts to feel sad. Despite Llama Llama's trepidations, bright colors and bold patterns make the school welcoming: the teacher is a hip zebra wearing pink and purple, and the other children (cat, goat, sheep and giraffe, among others) enthusiastically make art and play together. Slowly, Llama Llama comes around and decides that "he loves Mama... and school too!" The expressive animal faces and attention to detail make it a charming addition. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

[Page 53]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 June)

PreS-K—Dewdney's third book in the series retains the charm of the earlier titles. This time the little llama is starting school. He feels shy and lonely and misses his mama, but the day is saved by friendly intervention from his teacher and classmates. She reassures him, "Don't be sad, new little llama!/It's OK to miss your mama./But don't forget—/when day is through,/she will come right back to you." The children invite him to play and keep him busy and happy until his mother arrives. In a satisfying conclusion, the little llama realizes that he can love both Mama and school. Emotionally realistic storytelling, a bouncing rhythm, skilled rhyming, and expressive paintings in bright colors make for a pleasing package. Youngsters just beginning school will relate to Llama Llama's feelings, and caregivers will appreciate the story's supportive message.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

[Page 82]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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