Llama Llama Holiday Drama – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my 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.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
Published by Viking Juvenile, an imprint of Penguin

There is a lot to do during the holidays: buying presents, making cookies, putting up decorations, and doing a million little things. This is all a lot to handle for a little llama who is getting dragged to and fro with his mama llama. Llama Llama is more than a bit frazzled and overwhelmed by the whole thing. Finally, his little self is unable to handle it any more and he throws a temper tantrum. Luckily, Llama Llama has a smart mama who, though she lost site of his tolerance a bit while trying to get ready for the holidays, does realize that the point of all of this is to create an atmosphere for togetherness, and that she needs to not let preparations get in the way of time with her little llama. She explains all this to Llama Llama, and takes time out of her busyness to sit still and cuddle with him, which helps to stop the llama drama.

This is our second Llama Llama book, and both Daniel and I are big fans. The illustrations are adorable, and Llama Llama is the typical extremely cute and occasionally frustrating toddler. He has very toddler reactions, which means that Daniel can relate, understand, and empathize (“Llama Llama is SAD!”). His mama is both firm and loving, a great role model for fallible parents who might similarly forget their child’s limits during holiday preparations. My only real criticism of Llama Llama Holiday Drama is that it didn’t seem to scan quite as well as Llama Llama Red Pajama. Still, though, we will absolutely be buying and reading more of Dewdney’s Llama Llama books.

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Who is Coming to Our House? – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my 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.

Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate, illustrated by Ashely Wolff
Published by Putnam Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin

It is a special night in the barn. The animals are abuzz with excitement about the special guest who is coming ever closer. “Who is coming to our house?” they ask mouse, in wonder, “Someone, someone” he replies. So of course the animals must get ready for their special guest, sweeping the floor, lining to manger with eider, anything they can do to make the barn comfortable. Finally, of course, Mary and Joseph show up, and in the end, so does the baby Jesus.

Who is Coming to Our House? is a very cute book, an early introduction for young children to the Christmas story. Having the story come from the perspective of the animals lends an extra degree of interest for kids. Daniel yells “look, mommy!” on basically every page. This is clearly not theologically deep, but it is a good opening for parents to explain a bit about the Christmas story. I do wish the lines scanned a bit better, however. The animals are called mouse, cow, etc, but I find myself wanting to read them as THE mouse, THE cow for them to flow better.

Over all, a good religious Christmas book for young children.

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Five Silly Turkeys – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my 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.

Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon
Published by Price Stern Sloan, an imprint of Penguin

Five Silly Turkeys is not dissimilar to Five Little Pumpkins. Here, again, is a holiday counting story, but this time much less known, and with turkeys instead of pumpkins. Instead of counting up to five, however, the turkeys are counting down from five to one. One turkey twirls away from the group, another gets stung by a bee, until there is only a single turkey left. Luckily, he is then able to join all his friends again at the end.

One thing that makes Five Silly Turkeys a special counting book is the set of gold feathers, one attached to each page. In addition to counting how many turkeys are left on the page, kids can also count how many feathers remain on the right.

Five Silly Turkeys isn’t going to blow anyone’s mind, but it is a fun book to read around Thanksgiving, and fun for practicing counting down skills.

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Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my 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.

Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale illustrated by Derek Anderson, based on the song by Lydia Maria Child
Published by Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale is a fun board book based on the song “Over the River and Through the Woods.” Instead of a human family merrily making their way to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving, though we have a family of turkeys on their way to Grandma’s house for their (presumably vegetarian) Thanksgiving feast. The only problem is that a young boy and his dog are looking forward a turkey dinner, and this family of turkeys look like prime candidates.

Anderson did a wonderful job reimagining such a classic song. I’d never pictured a family of turkeys, but now I’m not sure I can picture anything else again. His recreation is made to fit very nicely into the song as it stands. The illustrations are bright, fun, and engaging. This has been Daniel’s new favorite book for a couple of weeks now, and as a result he is slightly obsessed with the song, now asking to hear the song before bed, and wanting to sing it all the time.

Definitely a fun Thanksgiving book for little kids. Highly recommended.

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Llama Llama Red Pajama – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my 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.

Llama Lllama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin

After reading Llama Llama a story, Mama Llama puts him to bed and go downstairs. Not quite ready to go to sleep, Llama Llama wants a drink. Well, actually, he just wants his Mama Llama to come back and keep him company. So Llama Llama begins to call and cry for his mother.

I’m sure most little kids can relate to Llama Llama here, not wanting yet to go to sleep, just wanting Mommy or Daddy to come and cuddle, and not getting it. Mama Llama has things that need to be done while Llama Llama is in bed, so she doesn’t return immediately, but when she does return, she reassures her little Llama Llama that she is always around, even when she isn’t immediately present.

Daniel has decreed this his new favorite book. “Do you want to read XYZ?” “No! Llama Pajama book!” I don’t blame him, really. For one thing, the illustrations are beautiful and the little llama is absolutely adorable. Plus, Llama Llama Red Pajama is a book that simply begs to read aloud. Llama Llama gets progressively more anxious the longer his mother is away and Dewdney uses incredibly expressive words that are perfect for a slightly dramatic reading.

I think part of the current appeal of Llama Llama Red Pajama is that Daniel is attempting to transition from his crib to a toddler bed. It is making him more anxious about bedtime than usual, so Llama Llama is somewhat reassuring.

We now love Llama Llama (and our cute little Llama Llama doll in his red pajamas that Unabridged Bookstore included with our order). I have a feeling that we’ll be buying all of Dewdney’s other Llama books soon.

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