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Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita (Pura Belpre Honor Books - Illustration Honor) (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – August 20, 2013


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Dominguez, a Mexican American illustrator, adapts the familiar rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to a new, Peruvian setting and offers each verse in both English and Spanish. When Maria’s white llama follows her to school, the students are amused, but the teacher sends him outdoors. He waits patiently while the teacher explains that the llama loves Maria because Maria loves the llama. Kudos to Dominguez for using the entire poem rather than just the familiar opening verses. On the other hand, there is no mention of the original authorship. Using distinctive features of Andean dress, culture, and landscape (at one point the characters stand of a map of Peru), the gouache-and-ink illustrations feature bold lines and simple forms. Dominguez uses color effectively, with the white llama and Maria’s bright red cap making them easy to spot. With its cheerful combination of fresh and familiar elements, this distinctive version of the rhyme makes a fine addition to library collections, particularly where there is a demand for bilingual picture books. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan

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A fresh and enjoyable reimagining of a traditional children's rhyme. (Kirkus Reviews)

A solid addition to a bilingual storytime program. (BCCB)

This is a scene young children will return to again and again. (The Horn Book)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Series: Pura Belpre Honor Books - Illustration Honor
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); Bilingual edition (August 20, 2013)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0805093338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805093339
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Angela was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, and recently moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn. As a child, she loved reading books and making a mess creating pictures. She's delighted to still be doing both.

Since graduating with an MFA from the Academy of Art University, Angela has worked with a variety of publishing companies including Roaring Brook, Dial/Penguin, Feiwel and Friends, Abrams, Random House/Tricycle Press, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Little Brown, Holiday House, and Children's Book Press. Currently she is teaching at the Academy of Art University.

Check out more of her work at :
http://www.angeladominguezstudio.com

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E. R. Bird
The illustrations are warm and inviting, and the Peruvian twist to the classic nursery rhyme is a stroke of genius.
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Great book for a bilingual preschool child.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Ladies and gentlemen, I stand before you a humbled woman. A woman who "knew" certain facts but, until she saw them working in her own personal life, was made up of knowledge that was almost entirely speculative. Case in point, as a children's librarian I "knew" (there are those quotation marks again) that nursery rhymes were important to children. But until I had spawned my own sprog I never really saw their power at play. All it took was one little sing/reading of Tomie de Paola's board book version of Mary Had a Little Lamb and we were off! Suddenly my kiddo had to have every possible version of that same song. So we grabbed titles like the Kate Willis-Crowley Mary Had a Little Lamb, the Laura Huliska-Beith Mary Had a Little Lamb, and even the somewhat misleading Mary and Her Little Lamb by Will Moses. Read enough of the same thing to your kid over and over again and they'll open to reinterpretations. So when Maria Had a Little Llama walked into my life I was on board. It's beautiful, bilingual, and a one of a kind little specimen that I'm pleased to report now has a home on my shelves. If you're burning out on the same-old, same-old, consider cranking it up a notch by ditching the familiar for a little Maria/llama action. You'll be glad you did.

How does that old tune go? Ah yes. "Mary had a little lamb / its fleece was white as snow / And everywhere that Mary went / the lamb was sure to go." Of course, should one choose to set the book in Peru, the lyrics could take on a slightly different tone. Instead of Mary we now have Maria. Instead of a little lamb, it's a little llama. And though the bones of the song are the same (the school, the children, the laughing) author/illustrator Angela Dominguez imbues her book with a distinctive one-of-a-kind flavor and feel.
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Format: Hardcover
I've really taken to this author and started following her blog - Google "angela dominguez" and it'll be at the top.

I found her other book, Ava Tree and the Wishes Three and gave it to a friend's daughter with a little stuffed cat, and now I can't wait to get this for her along with this little guy I found Aurora World 12" Llama Flopsie...lol stuffed animals and books with fantastic drawings, what more could a kid want?
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This is a really charming story. My daughter is enrolled in a preschool spanish program, and this book is just the right level for where she's at (and where I'm at with my spanish, which is definitely pretty beginner). I love that it has the english translation. The illustrations are lovely, and overall, it is just a lovely interpretation of the classic nursery rhyme. My daughter and I both really like it.
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By Kristi Bernard on January 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
We all know that Mary had a little lamb, and its fleece was as white as snow. But, did you know that Maria had a little llama and its fleece was as white as snow too?

Children will love this slight twist on an old tale. Maria has a llama that follows her every where even to school. The other children loved the little llama but not nearly as much as Maria.

It made the children laugh and play to see a llama at school.
Los ninos rieron y jugaron al ver una llama en la escuela.

This little story represents a different culture all together. Young readers will see a different countryside, culture and way of living along with learning the Spanish translated sentences on each page. Colorful Peruvian inspired drawings will entertain and teach young readers a new way of life.
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My daughter and I absolutely adore this book! The illustrations are warm and inviting, and the Peruvian twist to the classic nursery rhyme is a stroke of genius. I *LOVE* that this book is bilingual - it makes it easy to introduce little ones to Spanish. I wish there were more books like this out there! Well done, Ms. Dominguez!
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By Andrea on November 4, 2013
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SOO cute. Absolutely wonderful illustrations. I love that it is bilingual. Charming, sweet, heartwarming, precious.. good length for bedtime reading. Llamas are my favorite animals so that helps too. Perfect for anyone with ties to Peru, or anyone who loves adorable things :)
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By BBOWES on August 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Maria Had A Little Lama is a charming and delightful revision on well known tale. Angela Dominguez delivers illustrations that are endearing and well crafted. Coupled together with the English and Spanish text, you've got a fun learning experience as well. Thumbs Up. Buy it.
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