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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!
I was genuinely shocked when I opened up these new books. Its not quite rice paper, but it doesn't have the thickness of standard stock. It honestly feels to be perhaps even a lighter weight paper than lined loose leaf. I'm terrified to even let my toddler look through these new books on his own. The middle pages in one of the books has already pulled loose from the staples.
The stories themselves are cute, but it feels as though the author had to try harder to force the rhyme structure. Leaving it a bit stilted & not quite as much fun to read as "Red Pajama" was. To be fair, "Red Pajama" is a masterpiece of toddler lit & these stories are still fun, still touch on the emotions of a very small child.
I would by the stories again without hesitation. I would, however, find them in a sturdier form.
Yes, as others have said, this is a sad book with a happy ending. There are 2 emotional climaxes in the story. Llama has a heavyhearted first day of school which overwhelms him at lunch. But his new classmates cheer him up and just as he starts to warm up to everyone....Mama came back!!! LO really related to both the sadness and the elation. And like comedian Louis CK says- it's ok to feel sad.
One modification we make when reading the book- the "h" word. In his sadness, Llama says he *hates* the book the other children are reading. We read, "Llama doesn't like that book."