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Is Your Mama a Llama?
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Is Your Mama a Llama?

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by Deborah Guarino, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)

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A young llama learns about the characteristics of various animals by asking all his animal friends about their mothers.


A young llama learns about the characteristics of various animals by asking all his animal friends about their mothers.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
A young llama is curious - are all his friends' mamas llamas? Each animal tells Lloyd facts about it's mother, and Lloyd-along with young readers-guesses what kind of animal each mother is. The rhyming text and illustrations give hints, and preschoolers will enjoy yelling out the answers, which are revealed by turning the page.
Children's Literature
A young llama asks all of his friends about their mothers in this entertaining family book. Amusing characters include a bat, a swan, and a kangaroo. The story allows the audience to anticipate the punch line of each sequence by requiring the reader to turn the page to complete the final rhyme of each segment. The illustrations are vibrant, and the narrative follows a nice pattern where the title question is repeated five times before an affirmative answer is finally found. Children can infer the simple lesson from this book that all infants belong to the same species as their mothers. 2004 (orig. 1989), Scholastic, Ages 3 to 7.
—Seth Berg
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- An enchanting animal guessing game for preschoolers. Lloyd, a baby llama, asks each of his friends, ``Is your mama a llama?,'' and all respond in turn with a rhyming description of their mother that is answered on the following page. Young listeners will delight in the playful rhythm of the text, and each riddle is sure to result in a resounding chorus of response. Kellogg's full-color illustrations of animals in their natural surroundings maintain their usual appeal and humor and will carry well to groups, while individual readers will be further rewarded by the subtlety and detail of the backgrounds. --Starr LaTronica, North Berkeley Library, CA

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Scholastic Bookshelf Series
Edition description:
First Bookshelf Edition
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Product dimensions:
7.66(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Steven Kellogg has illustrated more than a hundred books, including IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA? and THE DAY JIMMY'S BOA ATE THE WASH. He has also retold and illustrated the adventures of tall-tale heroes such as Paul Bunyan, Mike Fink, and Johnny Appleseed. He lives in Essex, New York.

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Is Your Mama a Llama 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, can't wait to read to grandchildren. Clever rhymes with a sweet story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a classic picture book told in rhyme, that is great for story-time because it encourages participation. It is about a young llama who is exploring, and when she meets new strange animals she wants to know "Is your mama a llama?", but they laugh and give hints as to what their parents really are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book and a great purchase for children.
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LilyBean884 More than 1 year ago
Great book! Very catchy....it gets in your head. My 8 month old really liked it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is simply wonderful!! I read it to my four year old daughter and we both enjoyed it so much. I would recommend it for children 3-5 they will enjoy it the most as well as the ryhming is excellent. The author made so many words rhyme that it was as if though I was singing and not reading. My daughter and I LOVED it def recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The picture book "Is Your Mama a Llama?", written by Deborah Guarino, has 28 pages of bright colors with rigid wavy lines depicting the animals and nature of the story. The animals are personified as people with names like Dave, and Jane. It includes many different nature settings according to the animals' habitat. Appropriate for grades k-3, this book will have children guessing and rhyming with enjoyment. A young Llama goes on a search to find out the mama's of his other animal friends. To each friend he asks, "Is your mama a Llama?" to find each animal has a different mother. With a brief description of their mamas, Lloyd is able to fathom the mama animal of which his friends belong. The personified animals in the book are, Lloyd the Llama, Dave (a bat), Fred (a whelp or baby swan), Jane (a calf or baby cow), Clyde (a flapper or baby seal), Rhonda (a Joey or young kangaroo), and Lynn (Lloyds sister). Nature is the setting and a rhyming scheme is featured on every page. This is a great children's book with many fun learning possibilities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
This is a great childrens story. You will want to read this one again and again. A baby llama is on a search for his mother and he asks all kinds of different animals if their mama is a llama. He doesn't quite understand that a swan has a swan mama and so forth. This is a great book because it is the question that most children have about who and what they are. Yo will really enjoy this book and I use the spanish version in my classroom at school. All children will love this sweet story with great illustrations.
mimaSR More than 1 year ago
I first read read this wonderfully charming book to my oldest grandaughter when she was a toddler. I remember hoe she delighted at the rhyming words of mama and llama. Her grandfather especially enjoyed reading it because as he told her often he was from Peru and that's where llamas were from. My grandaughter will be going to college in the fall. My ninth grandchild was born not too long ago. I live outside of Boston and Clementine lives in san Francisco. I wanted to send her a book so I spoke with my daughter and I just assumed she had my favorite. When my daughter told me she didn't as soon as I got off the the phone, went to the Barnes and noble site and pressed buy. My newest grandchild is carrying on the tradition. Buy this book. You and your little ones will love it!
LOllieBean More than 1 year ago
This book is so cute! I read this to my daughter often, she likes when I make the different voices to each animal the llama asks. The illustrations are colorful. It's a great story to read to babies and toddlers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My almost 2 year old loves this book and his sister (4 year old) loves to finish the sentences - it's a fun rhyming book so be prepared to read it A LOT!:-)
mamamoo More than 1 year ago
Great rhyming and we used to recite it all over the house!
Bailey04 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book thinking it looked cute, and not sure if he would like it. My son is 2 yrs old and He LOVES it, and can repeat every word. He especially loves the end when it shows the mama. I give this book as gifts. Truly one of our favorite bed time books.
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almeda More than 1 year ago
We go back to this one time and time again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is quite fun to read over and over. Your little one will enjoy it very much and you will enjoy reading it. This book will be one I'll give as gifts over and over. It's one of my son's favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This fun rhyming story is one of my kids all time favorite books. I always buy it for baby shower or birthday gifts as it is one that not many people seem to know about.
takenoteon More than 1 year ago
My son loves "Is Your Mama a Llama". It's fun to read to him and he likes to flip the pages. I highly recommend this book to every parent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My toddler daughters have loved this book since they were too small to sit up. Not your run-of-the-mill animals, which makes for a nice change when you have been reading for what feels like hours. The girls now say the animals names and make their sounds as we read, and they point out parts of the illustrations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is pretty and funny just like me. also i hate garrett
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Our whole family loves to read this to our daughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is my absolute favorite!!!It is an excelent book that both young children and adults will enjoy time after time. The book engages the reader with its clever rhymes and fun plot. I s you mama a llama?