Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Llama Llama Mad at Mama...


Tuesday Tales- Llama Llama Mad at Mama

AVT Coach has asked me today to do a guest post on her Tuesday Tales, a weekly review of children’s books and I am thrilled to do so. I really enjoy reading her blog and I especially love her positive focus on how to live creatively and abundantly.

I am a family counselor and a mother of four little ones eight and under, so I understand the importance of children’s literature. My own kids are at a variety of ages and stages and they all love reading and books. Stories can also play a significant role in the emotional development of children and families as we all deal with the normal stressors and frustrations of daily life.

Autumn is a time of nature’s beauty and outside fun, but the turn of the season also signals the holiday season approaching. School is back in full swing and there are shopping trips to be taken for back to school clothes and supplies. The upcoming celebrations are not complete without shopping for holiday meals and holiday gift giving. These shopping trips can be trying for both parents and children.

The book I have chosen is Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney.

It is a great read for the upcoming holiday months and provides some much needed humor and relief to get through the holiday shopping season.

This fun and whimsical book tells the story of a mother Llama who takes her young son shopping. The little llama becomes overwhelmed and bored as the shopping trip continues and he has a major temper tantrum. The mother stays calm and emotionally responds to the needs of her little llama by encouraging him to work with her as a team. They clean up the mess he has made and finish the shopping trip. The story ends with mother and son sharing an ice cream treat together.

The tale is told in short, witty rhymes that are fun to read aloud and say together. Each page is illustrated by the author herself and has colorful and emotionally expressive drawings of the shopping trip. The faces of the characters are slightly exaggerated which makes it easy for kids to identify the emotions happening in the story. 

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My favorite part of Llama Llama Mad at Mama is hearing my kids peals of laughter at the words and pictures of this zany shopping trip. I hope you will enjoy it as well.

Happy Reading,

Storytellin’ Mama


Roban said...

I'm so glad AVT Coach invited you to post on her site. I enjoyed reading about Llama Llama, and the learning activities you presented are WONDERFUL! As an 8th-grade teacher who teaches students to recognize meter in poetry, I can appreciate that you are introducing this concept to small children. How amazing it would be if my 8th-graders had been tapping out the rhythm as small children.

I love children's literature, and will definitely have to visit you again in the future!


Elle said...

Cute post - sounds like a great read - I will check it out.

Wendy said...

This was a terrific post, thank you so much for doing it! And, there is something for you at my place. When you see it just smile and go with it! Have fun.. I did.

Anonymous said...

I was reminded of the Llama Song.


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Storytellin' Mama said...

No Star- Hadn't heard that song before... very funny!!

CC said...

I do weekly book reviews too! But on Monday (okay, I whimped out this week b/c of bloggy giveaways...) But I've been doing it since last spring :)