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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Reissue edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439598427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439598422
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The board book version of this popular recitation of animal characteristics is equally as delightful as other editions, with one key improvement: it's inedible. This robust reissue follows lovable Lloyd the llama on his quest to find out what percentage of the baby animal population has llamas for mamas. The rhymes are original and infectious, and the riddles are sure to have children shouting out the answers in anticipation of turning the page.

Youngsters often exhibit an insatiable appetite for adorable baby animals, and Is Your Mama a Llama provides plenty of fodder for fawning. Illustrator Steven Kellogg, however, manages to keep the pictures sweet without being saccharine. And rest assured, no matter how often your little one is compelled to kiss the critters, the sturdy board-book format will stand the test of time (and of course, slobber). (Ages 0 to 4) --This text refers to the Board book edition.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-- An enchanting animal guessing game for preschoolers. Lloyd, a baby llama, asks each of his friends, "Is your mama a llama?," and all respond in turn with a rhyming description of their mother that is answered on the following page. Young listeners will delight in the playful rhythm of the text, and each riddle is sure to result in a resounding chorus of response. Kellogg's full-color illustrations of animals in their natural surroundings maintain their usual appeal and humor and will carry well to groups, while individual readers will be further rewarded by the subtlety and detail of the backgrounds. --Starr LaTronica, North Berkeley Library, CA
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Deborah Guarino's best-selling children's classic, "Is Your Mama a Llama?" (Scholastic, Inc.) is now celebrating almost 25 years in print! With more than a million copies sold, this playful book's popularity now spans two generations. It's available in five different editions, including Spanish, Arabic, and E-book versions, and has even been animated by Weston Woods on DVD. In 2011 it was chosen as the children's title for Colorado's "One Book, One Denver" literacy event, partially sponsored by McDonald's, during which more than a thousand copies were donated to preschools and Head Start Programs citywide.

"Is Your Mama a Llama?" was also chosen as one of the first selections in Oprah's Book Club for Kids, quoted in an episode of the prime-time series "Medium," endorsed by actress Jennifer Garner (a recent literacy advocate on behalf of the "Save the Children" organization), who appeared reading the book in PEOPLE Magazine. The book has become so iconic that its title was a $2000 clue on "Jeopardy!" in 2010, and used as the #7 Down clue in the "New York Sunday Times Crossword" in 2013!

Deborah, born and raised in New Jersey, comes from a large, talented family that includes professional and award-winning artists, craftsmen, photographers, and many, many teachers. Inheriting a genetic tendency to be multi-talented, Deborah is also a professional actor--with roles in theatre, radio, TV and film--as well as an artist specializing in portraits, caricatures, costume design and sculpture.

An avid reader and writer since childhood, Deborah published her first fiction--a weekly mystery serial--anonymously in her church paper when she was only 13, and had her first professional sale--a children's story--published nationally in "MS. Magazine" when she was 19. During her career she's also written several produced plays--one broadcast over the BBC's Radio 4 when she lived in London--and has worked as an editor, copywriter and journalist in addition to becoming the popular author of "Is Your Mama a Llama?". So popular, in fact, that for the last 20 years she's also been a frequent visiting author at schools, libraries and literacy events across the U.S., where her lively, interactive presentations on writing and the creative process entertain children and teachers alike.

These presentations, tailored to the age of her audience, are an exciting, eclectic mix of lively story-telling, works-in-progress, improvisational theatre and original, interactive songs, art, and funny, inspiring, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the creative process and the tenacity it takes to succeed in any creative field. Appropriate for audiences ranging from preschool toddlers to college-age teaching students at universities (where her book is frequently used in their curriculum),her presentations are interactive, informative, dynamic and guaranteed to make you laugh.

Deborah is the proud single mom of Josh and Dan, her two talented sons who are also pursuing careers in the arts, as well as "mama" to a menagerie of pets that doesn't actually include llamas, but does feature two parrots, four cats, a fish, an iguana, a pigeon rescued as a baby from a theatre on Broadway, and one very confused little dog named "Fuji," all of whom inspire her work on a daily basis.

If you'd be interested in having author Deborah Guarino visit your school or literacy event, please contact her directly at Deborahguarino@aol.com, or through Scholastic at Scholastic.com, where you can also learn more about valuable school discounts on book purchases for your event.


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It is now my favorite book to read with my daughter.
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For some reason this book got him saying Mommy and he asks me to read it to him at least 10 times a day.
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This story is so sweet and the rhyming makes it so fun to read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By abookbug on April 19, 2001
Format: Board book
I was first introduced to this book as part of a college course on literature for children, and instantly fell in love. Rythmic verses of this rhyming text with fill-in-the-blank style pauses at the end of each stanza help early readers learn to read, young children squeal with glee, and everybody within ear shot get the urge to get up and dance! In fact, a reading of this book has been produced on tape, with a wonderful latino-mambo background beat; it's also available in oversized format for reading in a group.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Auntie Terri on July 9, 2000
Format: Board book
I've given this book to every one of my nieces and nephews between 1-3 yrs of age and they love it! (Disregard the 4-8 age recommendation) The rhymes are fun to hear, the words are silly and the pictures are cute! They just keep giggling and their parents laugh reading it to them! This is always a winner as a gift (especially for Moms on Mother's Day). I now give it to new Moms-to-be at the baby shower along with my other favorite, Barnyard Dance.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1999
Format: Board book
Despite the recommendation that this book is for ages 4-8, my toddler absolutely loves it! She will bring it to me and insist on reading it over and over. The rhyming is wonderful, and so are the descriptions of the animals. Of course, the fact that my mother raises llamas makes this book even more dear to my daughters hearts.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Bentley on January 29, 2004
Format: Board book
My young daughters (now 3 and 7) dearly love this book. We have it memorized. It is sweet and the illustrations are beautiful. It is one of the few young books that I never get bored of reading. It is definitely a classic children's book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Bashara on August 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was given as a gift and I'm so glad, because I'm not sure I would have purchased it on my own. This story of a inquisitive little llama teaches about exploration, discovery and diversity. The story is told through "whimsical rhyming riddles" (quoting the back cover) and the illustrations are gorgeous! This is a great way to expose your child to rhyming and different animals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By melissa on June 25, 2007
Format: Board book
A friend of my parents gave me this book as a baby shower gift because her son loved it, and after continuously putting away outgrown clothes and toys over the past year, this book has outlasted every other gift!

I've been reading this to my son almost every night since he was born, and he gets a huge grin on his face as soon as I read the first sentence: "Is your mama a llama?" The story follows a little llama as he asks each of his animal friends this question. The rhyming is creative but has an easy flow as you read, which makes it good for keeping a little one's attention as well as for learning how rhyming works as they get older. The illustrations are colorful and detailed (not just outlines). My son always reached up to touch the orange "sun" that appears on several pages, so I kept telling him what it was, and now that he's older he will touch it if I ask where the sun is. I can see that this will be a good book to "grow into" as I read the description of an animal and he can "guess" what it is before I turn the page.

This book is a very special part of our bedtime ritual. At this rate we'll wear it out before the next child comes, but I definitely plan to buy another copy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Ballard on September 20, 2005
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
One of the rare children's books that is clever enough for the adults to enjoy but fun enough for the kids to like. Besides, using the "Rhonda responded" rhyme is a stroke of genius.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jana Taylor VINE VOICE on March 25, 2005
Format: Board book
I have read this book to my son frequently, ever since he was about 9 or 10 months old. The book has a rhyme and rhythm to it, and my son even from a young age picked up on it and can anticipate each "part" of the story. I think that this is very helpful to get the young ones to begin to enjoy books. The words are used in a repetitive manner and I think it will help him learn them better, and he likes the illustrations of the animals. Even though he is still quite young, I know this is a book that he will cherish as he begins to read on his own.
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