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Llama Llama Holiday Drama Hardcover – October 19, 2010

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PreS-K–The holidays are filled with fun and excitement and a lot of things to do and make, but poor Llama Llama has to wait. Patience not being his strong suit, and completely overwhelmed by all the holiday activities, he has a complete meltdown on Christmas Eve. Fortunately, Mama Llama is there to save the day with hugs and kisses and a little quiet time. Dewdney continues to display her very real understanding of preschooler mentality. This story is as familiar as a favorite ornament (and the cover glitters). Llama fans and newcomers alike will be charmed.Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Llama Llama
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670011614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670011612
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 20, 2010
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Llama Llama holiday delight.
The book is wonderful. I bought 3, one for each of our grandchild families. But Grandma wants to know where her copy is...oops...nana nana holiday trauma.

The book does NOT fail to bring smiles and squeals of delight from young children being read this drama of Llama Llama waiting through the last days prior to Christmas. Each rhyming page brings more pre-Christmas activity, all in preparation for the big event. But poor llama llama just can't wait. Every child will relate to all the steps that even llamas must go through to arrive at Christmas Day. Truth is...so can Papa's and Nana's, we all hate waiting, but so enjoy all the preliminaries, including now a frequent reading of "Llama Llama Holiday Drama" by Anna Dewdney. In the end, Llama Llama learns a lesson suited for all, from toddlers to elderly seniors.

The illustration art inside is the same great Llama quality as all of the Llama Llama books. The dustcover for this Christmas book has a wonderful snowy background that shimmers, just like real snow on a cold winter's day.

As grandparents, we will not be able to wait, like Llama Llama had to do. We'll give our book gifts early so the grand-kids can enjoy it many times prior to Christmas.
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In the fall I read about Llama Llama's nervousness as he got ready to go to school for the first time in: Llama Llama Misses Mama -- I just loved that book (everything about it), so when Anna Dewdney came out with the holiday Llama, Llama Holiday Drama story, on the wish list it went.

First of all, the word Christmas is never mentioned, so it's appropriate for all children. It's the perfect story for those little ones who ask you every minute...."How many more days"? Making holiday ornaments, the days seem to pass slowly for the little Llama Llama. The "school has, dreidels, songs and bells. Big red ribbons and woodsy smells".

From shopping with mama with only (15) days to go, to making holiday cookies......."No more cookies left to bake! Llama Llama has a tummy ache". All of the preparations seem to tire Llama Llama out so mama tells him something very important to remember:

"Gifts are nice, but there's another --the true gift is, we have each other" and "Llama Llama warm and snug, gives a kiss and gets a hug, snuggles close with mama llama".......Happy Holidays for Llama

This is a very cute holiday book that I am sure children of all ages will enjoy it. As an adult, although the book is fun and has great illustrations, the story itself was not quite as good as Llama Llama Misses Mama, in my opinion --something, just something seemed to be missing for me. It's still a book that I would RECOMMEND for that preschool child in your life.

RATING - 4/5 stars
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Just got this for my daughters; 2 & 5; I started reading the llama books to my oldest when she was 3 and she still loves them, my 2 year old loves shouting llama llama! I plan to give them this on ThanksGiving, but read thru it b/c I love reading these books too. At first I was kinda disappointed thinking all llama cares about is gifts (which lets face it, its all most kids care about) but when its momma's turn to talk, she quickly sums up the importance of this special holiday. I loved it and I really think my girls will to. How can you not have fun reading such a cute book. I love rhymes and these are quite clever.

We love all the llama books but I think Misses Momma is one of our favorites, great to read to a child going to school or day care for the first time. I highly recommend all the Llama books, esp this one for the holidays.
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I ordered this book through a book fair. I love the red pajama and misses mama books. I read the reviews here before I received the holiday book and was a little worried that it was going to be offensive to me. Several reviewers commented that the book purposely does not mention the word Christmas and that it focuses only on the shopping and stress of the holiday season.
Let me start by saying that I am very opinionated in thinking that the word Christmas should NOT be replaced by the word holiday. I am a christian and think that Christmas should be celebrated for what it really is, not just a commercialized, gift giving holiday.
That being said, I don't really think the author went out of her way to avoid the word Christmas. I think she used the word holiday simply because it is easier to rhyme, it flows better and fit with her word scheme.
(Besides, I teach my children what Christmas is about so one, fun book that doesn't mention the word Christmas isn't going to turn them into atheists.)
I think the book shows how easy it is to get caught up in the hustle bustle of the holiday season, the shopping and the baking, etc. and I like that, at the end of the book, the mama llama takes a breath and reminds us that what we need to focus on is being together and family.
Also, I don't think this book "ruins" any belief in santa as some of the reviews state. Mama llama is shopping for her family. It doesn't at all imply that she is santa or that santa isn't real. Don't we all take our children shopping for the rest of the family and for their friends?
All in all, I think it is a cute book. It is what I expect from the series....a fun, rhyming, well illustrated book. I am glad I added it to my daughter's Christmas book collection.
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