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Llama, Llama Red Pajama
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131 of 132 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2010
Wow, my Wife and I are loving this series of books and our 2yr old LOVES his llama books! We started with "Llama Llama Mad at Momma" because it was helpful in teaching our son how to behave and be helpful in public. We were a little apprehensive about "...Red Pajama" because some of the reviews seemed to indicate that Little Llama was simply being ignored while he was suffering some traumatic event alone in his room. NOT THE CASE! Basically, Little Llama is put to bed and doesn't fall immediately asleep, which is normal. Then Little Llama bored & alone decides he wants Momma and asks for some water, which is normal. Meanwhile, Momma is downstairs washing dishes and dealing with telemarketers, which is very normal. Then Little Llama decides that throwing a tantrum will accomplish his will and works himself into a panic, normal even for well behaved children. When Momma hears his cries she literally drops everything and comes bolting through the door to find her child in his own manufactured state of despair. The book ends with Momma clearly explaining that sometimes Momma is too busy to come right away but it doesn't mean that she isn't on her way or that she doesn't love him. What a great lesson for children! In the real world sometimes mom & dad are busy but trying. Sometimes mommy is on the potty and baby must wait. Sometimes daddy is watching football and... ok just kidding. Anyway, our son enjoys the rhymes and the amazing artwork, and we love that we can use it as a learning tool.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
I certainly liked this one and the kids I read it to, like it too, which is actually a pretty good indorsement for a kids book. This book addresses the common fear so many young children have when their mom leaves the room at night (I had the same fear as the baby Llama when I was that age, years and years ago...some things never change). The story is done if an excellent rhyming fashion (and, no, my mid-west accent/twang does not interfere with the reading one bit) and the illustrations are great and eye catching. Like another reviewer, I love the facial expressions conveyed here. This is an excellent beginning reader and an excellent one to read at bed time with your child. Recommend this one highly.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2009
For those who rated this book with one star - I offer this rebuttal. The mother is aware the child would like a drink of water. She was going to finish a task and bring it up when she is interupted by a phone call. Seems like this might happen at my house. Until the child begins to make quite a fuss, she is not aware he is stressed. I will concede the admonishment may be a bit much, but I chose to focus on the comfort given at the end. The lesson being that just because Mom isn't right beside you doesn't mean she isn't close enough to protect you. My 20 month old son loves this book and we discuss why he might be afraid in the dark and if it is a rational fear and how to appropriately deal with those fears. As with any book, this book provides an opportunity to discuss with your child if the behavior of the characters is appropriate and solutions that may work better.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2006
I purchased this book sight unseen due to a recommendation from the Texas libraries (they have it on their list of recommended books for 2 year olds). My 28 month old daughter absolutely loves this book. She has me read it to her over and over and over again and has started chiming in with her own narration (e.g., "Mama's downstairs" and "Mama's on the phone" when she sees the pictures). The illustrations are great and I love the big text. I highly recommend this to anyone with children around age 2.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2008
My son loves this book. Loves it. When we are not reading it it him, he pulls it out of his pile of books and opens to the same page several times daily: the page where poor little llama is most afraid (and my narration is most overwrought), and he laughs. As fellow Vermonters, we bought this book, finding it charming - well...that was before he was born (lets face it, we bought it for ourselves), and at a year old, it is the only book we find deposited in our laps over, and over, AND over again. A book that is both fun to read and hear - I buy this book for everyone who has (or is going to have) kids. It is a wonderful addition to any little one's library and esp. fantastic when you know this will not be a gift that everybody already has (10 copies of Goodnight Moon and Pat the Bunny, anyone?) and everybody enjoys. Because, after all, you have to read it 5 times a day too, right? Have some fun - buy this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 13, 2011
I just finished reading all of the one-star reviews for this book, which I did because I was so surprised there were so many. I guess I get it. This book can be seen as scary and the mama llama was stern rather than gushingly comforting.

I guess it just depends on your own experiences with your child whether you enjoy this book or not. Any parent who has a toddler/preschooler who goes to defcon 4 after being tucked in every night, only to collapse in giggles when you come to find out what in the WORLD is wrong, knows what Mama Llama knows: the child (or llama) is probably fine. There're dishes to be done and the flippin' phone is ringing and I'll take care of those for a few minutes while I wait to see if the child self-comforts.

I do agree, it is a little bit disquieting to see that little llama does seem ACTUALLY afraid rather than just stalling at bedtime, and yes Mama did say she would "come up soon" giving little llama reason to think she would soon appear. But still I don't disagree with how Mama Llama handled it. Kids/llamas need to listen and learn from Mamas that of COURSE I'm never going to leave you alone in the house all by yourself and of course I will be there for you when you have a genuine need. But we are not going to have a tantrum every night at bedtime, no way no how. I could hear myself saying the exact speech that Mama delivered.

If this had been Little Llama's first meltdown of this sort, then maybe I'd feel less empathy toward Mama. But I'm guessing Little Llama pulls something like this more often than not.

If it were just me, I'd give this book 4 stars. I loved it and the pictures are probably the most terrific illustrations I've seen in any kiddie book. I'd take off one star because I believe the concerns of other parents are valid even though I don't share them. Then I am taking off one more star because my child does not like the book. He looks like he smelled a skunk every time I get to the page where Mama Llama scolds Baby Llama for his tantrum. He never asks for this book at bedtime and passes on it when offered.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2007
I think its a good bedtime book, though some of the reviewers have a point that little llama looks extremely anxious at some points, and i certainly don't believe in not responding to my child's cries (mama llama waits until she hears the screams and then reprimands little llama for not being patient). Still, my son was fine with the book and anticipates mama llamas return.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This was the very first book my 18 month old sat still to read. We received this book as a gift, and LOVE it. Being from the midwest, we do say "puh-JAAAAA-muh", so it requires changing our accent to make the book rhyme. We saw a photo of this book on a bulletin board at a bookstore about a month after we began reading the book, and my son instantly recognized it, pointed to it and started shouting "mmammma...mmmaaammma." I couldn't believe it. This one's a keeper. (The book. And the kid.)
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2005
this book is ADORABLE...very clever rhyme scheme, very clever plot. baby llama is all tucked in his bed and gets scared when mama llama leaves. he starts to call for her--and his call escalates into a scream as he starts to envision her being gone forever instead of down in the kitchen cleaning up. mama llama does come back upstairs to baby llama (in his red pajamas) and comforts him but explains that just because she isn't right in front of him doesn't mean that she's left him forever. this book parodies a scene any parent has encountered--it's hilarious and well done. highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2007
Before we purchased this book my 18 month old daughter didn't like story time at our house. We were visiting family and another one of the children had this book to read. Not only my daughter but all the children there loved this story! I purchased it and when it arrived in the mail My daughter and I opened it up together and read it at least 3 times. We read it every day now at least a few times... I think what makes it catchy is from page to page the story rhymes and it's all sounds and words that my litle girl already knows and uses in her own volcabulary. She goes and gets her "La La Book" and we sit down and read it together. For anyone with youngsters who haven't found the perfect book to get them into reading, this might be the one!
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