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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Good Night, Baby – 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.

Good Night, Baby by Denise Lewis Patrick, illustrated by Barbara Lanza
Published by Western Publishing Company

I have to admit, I was totally biased against this book, mostly on the basis of the illustrations. I really, really hate them. They are just so dated looking, I can’t handle them. I’m sure they looked great in 1993, but in 2o11 they make me crazy.

Daniel, however, loves this book and has for months and months, so I have learned to over look what I think are ugly illustrations to the numerous virtues of Good Night, Baby. First and foremost, is the quotidian routine of the whole thing. There is much for toddlers to recognize, to compare their own bedtime routines to that of ‘baby’. Everything is familiar, and yet slightly different from Daniel’s own routine, it is a book with many things he can already identify, which is comforting, while still providing new things for him to question and ask about.

That’s why Daniel likes the book. Here’s why I like it. First of all, Baby is relatively gender-neutral, as is everything in Baby’s room. There is perhaps a slight hint towards things being blue, but a very light blue, nothing so much that Baby couldn’t be a little girl. Patrick was very studied in not having any gendered pronouns relating to Baby. Secondly, both Mommy and Daddy share pretty equally in Baby’s bedtime routine. I love seeing both parents equally involved, without a big deal being made about it.

So, despite the illustrations needing some serious updating, Good Night, Baby is really quite a good bedtime book.

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