- 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: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 504 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363 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!
1. Main focus is on Llama Llama’s separation anxiety taking a toll on him at school.
-it’s realistic of a child’s feelings and I think it helped my daughter relate to the character.
-helped her see him progress through the story and eventually find school fun.
-also, it was important to see his mom return at the end
2. Accurate preschool activities.
-great for prepping my child for her first day at school and making school look fun.
-goes through introducing yourself to your teacher, making new friends, reading, indoor activities, outdoor play, & lunch time
3. Well written story.
-loved the rhyming flow of the book. It made it fun to read aloud.
-emphasized Llama’s emotions which I think children can relate to; feeling very sad and not wanting to play to feeling happy and having fun.
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).
I only wish it came in board book format since my toddler isn't exactly old enough to be careful with paper pages yet. I'd buy the paperback again if I had to though since I like it.
On a side note, the used copy I ordered had writing inside. But I know there's an inherent risk with prluchasing used kids books.