- Age Range: 2 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Lexile Measure: AD240L (What's this?)
- Series: Llama Llama
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; 4th Print edition (March 19, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670061980
- ISBN-13: 978-0670061983
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 521 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Llama Llama Misses Mama Hardcover – March 19, 2009
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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.
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Then I had a lightbulb moment. My daughter thought she was Llama. Everyday she followed the exact same pattern as Llama. That night I rewrote the story to be "Llama Llama Loves Preschool!". The next day she quit crying all together. Eventually, she started eating snacks with the kids too and now she is a totally happy preschooler.
So if anyone else has a little Llama, here is the new story:
Llama Llama, warm in bed,
Wakey, Wakey, sleepyhead!
Llama has school today!
Time to Learn and time to play!
Make the bed and find some clothes.
Brush the teeth and blow the nose.
Eat some breakfast. Clean the Plate.
Whoops! Oh my- we're running late!
Drive to school and park the car.
Teacher says, "there you are!"
Kate says, "hi."
Corinne does too.
"We've been waiting to play with you!"
Hang the coat and your pack.
After recess mom comes back!
Mama Llama goes away.
Llama Llama gets to stay!
Llama loves her teacher
and Llama loves the toys
And Llama gets to see
her favorite girls and boys!
What would Llama like to do?
So many choices! What to choose?
Build a castle out of blocks?
Make a rocket from a box?
Here's a little chugga-choo
with a captain and a crew.
Would the Llama like a ride?
Llama Llama jumps inside!
Reading stories on the rug.
Kids are cuddled, sitting snug.
Would the llama like to look?
Llama Llama loves that book!
Time for lunch! Now find a seat.
Llama Llama wants to eat.
Yummy, yummy, is that cheese?
Llama Llama says, "yes please!"
(skip the crying pages)
Llama's teacher is so proud!
You're such a happy Llama now!
At preschool llama never needs to fuss.
Her friends say, "come and play with us!"
and keep the rest of the story :)
I hope this helps anyone who is having the same trouble as us!
Other getting ready for preschool books do not compare to this one.
This is one of her longer books too-- which is perfectly age appropriate for preschoolers. I appreciate that she addresses multiple concerns with solutions too. Not like her short stories (example Wakey Wake).
My two year old son just started preschool and a few weeks before the start of class I bought this book and read it to him. He doesn't talk that well yet, but he did memorize the phrases, "Miss mama", and "Mama come back to you!" When he started preschool, he cried a lot (it's his first time away from home) but when I came to pick him up he would repeat the line from the book, "Mama come back to you." I think the book really helped him prepare him for preschool (a fun place but you might feel sad that mama isn't there with you), and helped him process his fears and anxieties during the first few weeks of school. I highly recommend using this book to prepare a young child for school.
On top of that, the drawings are just adorable. The faces and expressions are right on, especially Llama llama's little pout. The rhymes are well done, the story cute, and the lesson it teaches is great.
Nowadays whenever my son hears a baby crying, he turns around and says, "Mama come back to you!" He thinks it is the way to soothe every baby's fears.
Super cute book. It transitioned us into loving many of the other books of the popular Llama Llama series, and the new TV show.