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The Littlest Llama
     

The Littlest Llama

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by Jane Buxton, Jenny Cooper (Illustrator)
 

The littlest llama has a problem—one that every child will understand. He’s eager to wrestle, jump, and chase all day, but there’s no friend nearby who wants to play.

“…the grown-up llamas had work to do. They had food to find and cud to chew...There was no one to play with the littlest llama.
No one had time, not even his

Overview

The littlest llama has a problem—one that every child will understand. He’s eager to wrestle, jump, and chase all day, but there’s no friend nearby who wants to play.

“…the grown-up llamas had work to do. They had food to find and cud to chew...There was no one to play with the littlest llama.
No one had time, not even his mama.”


So the dejected little guy sets off without a goodbye in search of a playful pal. Soon he’s crossing the ridges and bridges of the high altiplano where he lives. But is he going too far? And who will he find?
The charming Andean-themed art features soft and gentle hues, as well as beautiful page borders that look like traditional weavings. Plus, they turn llama’s journey into a fun game, as kids try to locate the rattlesnake, chinchilla, cougar, and other animals in the images. A preoccupied llama may not notice them—but children will find the varied and unusual creatures irresistible.
The satisfying ending will delight everyone, and every child will relate to llama’s desire for a playmate and joy at a new sibling.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- The littlest llama just wants to play, but none of the grown-ups has the time, not even his mama, and his sisters aren't interested. Couplets of rhyming verse tell his story and also outline the behavior of the species: bathing in the dust, neck-wrestling, spitting when irritated. As the little llama becomes dejected and frustrated with his family, he wanders away from home, looking for the friendship he covets, until he encounters a group of children playing ball: "Then-fierce and orange and round like the sun-/a monster bounced after him. Run, llama, run!" Tired, he returns to the flock to find a newborn cousin who asks him to play. "Mañana," he responds. With a list on the copyright page of commonly found animals in the South American high country, this small book encourages children to find other creatures in the watercolor-and-ink illustrations. While the earth-toned palette lacks excitement and almost hides the animals in their surroundings, the cartoon faces of the llamas are animated and engaging. The result is a simple tale that introduces the Andean Highlands to animal lovers and younger readers.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402752773
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,292,541
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 Years

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Littlest Llama 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NanaGinger More than 1 year ago
Interesting for children who love animals and have a quest for knowledge about differnt animals than the usual cat, dog, cow, etc.