Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my new feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy, since we are definitely reading more than one book a week! Also, if anyone is interested in helping me make a button for this feature, please let me know.
Is Your Mama a Llama by Deborah Guarino, illustrated by Stephen Kellogg
Published by Scholastic
Is your mama a llama? That’s what little Lloyd wants to know from all of his little animal friends. Unsurpringly, most of their mamas are not llama, since he is asking seals, bats, and cows.
We read this book a lot. How much, you ask? A whole lot. Enough that when we took Daniel to the zoo and saw an alpaca, which looks like a small llama, and I was unable to stop myself from reciting this entire book from memory.
Luckily, Daniel isn’t the only one who likes “Is Your Mama a Llama.” It is a book I genuinely enjoy reading to him as well. I love the rhyme scheme. This book has a great cadence and therefore the words themselves are fun to read. Plus, “Is Your Mama a Llama” discusses the attributes of a handful of animals as Lloyd’s friends explain why they do not believe their mamas are llamas, so there is an educational aspect besides the literacy benefits of an engaging story and the phonemic awareness imparted by the rhyming.
Then there’s the fact that Stephen Kellogg is the illustrator, which would be just about enough to sell me on the book right there. Daniel has loved this book since he was twelve months old, but it is something I think we’ll be reading for years to come.
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