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Llama Llama Misses Mama

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by Anna Dewdney

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Strange new teacher.
Strange new toys.
Lots of kids and lots of noise!

What would Llama like to do?
Llama Llama feels so new . . .

It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for


Strange new teacher.
Strange new toys.
Lots of kids and lots of noise!

What would Llama like to do?
Llama Llama feels so new . . .

It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back?

Of course she will. But before she does, the other children show Llama Llama how much fun school can be!

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Editorial Reviews

"Strange new teacher. Strange new toys. Lots of kids and lots of noise! What would Llama like to do? Llama Llama feels so new." Like many other llamas and non-llamas, the title character of this book greets his first day of preschool with excitement and anticipation. What he hadn't anticipated was that Mama Llama wouldn't be there for the full day! A reassuring story for every preschooler and every preschooler-to-be.
Publishers Weekly

Llama Llama starts school in the third of Dewdney's gentle series. When Mama Llama waves goodbye to Llama Llama, he starts to feel sad. Despite Llama Llama's trepidations, bright colors and bold patterns make the school welcoming: the teacher is a hip zebra wearing pink and purple, and the other children (cat, goat, sheep and giraffe, among others) enthusiastically make art and play together. Slowly, Llama Llama comes around and decides that "he loves Mama... and school too!" The expressive animal faces and attention to detail make it a charming addition. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Bright and early one morning Mama Lama awakens her little one and goes through the busy morning routine before driving him to preschool. Meeting the teacher, Llama hangs back and when Mama leaves he shyly waves good-bye from the window. Clutching his stuffed "lovie" Llama does not join in the games or activities, eats alone, and sheds quiet tears for the Mama he wants to return. Classmates sensitive to his feelings gently lure him into the rest of the days schedule until before he knows it… Mama is back. He runs to her open arms and at day's end concedes that he not only loves Mama but school, too. This universal childhood experience is treated with warmth and sensitivity. His anxiety over being separated from Mama is palpable as is his joy at her return. Rhyming couplets move the story along and the oil paintings with their soft palette accurately portray little Llama's range of emotions. This is perfect preparation and reassurance for little ones embarking on their first steps away from Mom. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal


Dewdney's third book in the series retains the charm of the earlier titles. This time the little llama is starting school. He feels shy and lonely and misses his mama, but the day is saved by friendly intervention from his teacher and classmates. She reassures him, "Don't be sad, new little llama!/It's OK to miss your mama./But don't forget-/when day is through,/she will come right back to you." The children invite him to play and keep him busy and happy until his mother arrives. In a satisfying conclusion, the little llama realizes that he can love both Mama and school. Emotionally realistic storytelling, a bouncing rhythm, skilled rhyming, and expressive paintings in bright colors make for a pleasing package. Youngsters just beginning school will relate to Llama Llama's feelings, and caregivers will appreciate the story's supportive message.-Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
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Llama Llama Series
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.30(d)
AD240L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Anna Dewdney was a teacher, mother, and enthusiastic proponent of reading aloud to children. She continually honed her skills as an artist and writer and published her first Llama Llama book in 2005. Her passion for creating extended to home and garden and she lovingly restored an 18th century farmhouse in southern Vermont. She wrote, painted, gardened, and lived there with her partner, Reed, her two daughters, two wirehaired pointing griffons, and one bulldog. Anna passed away in 2016, but her spirit will live on in her books.

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Llama Llama Misses Mama 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as an present for my twin grandsons who are almost two. They already have Llama Llama Red Pajama and Llama Llama Mad at Momma. They love this one as much as the others. Every night they after their baths they go get the three books and we read them. They start crying when you are done with all three and want you to read them again. All you have to say to get them laughing is Llama Llama. It's really great. They will sit still for an hr with those books. Can't wait until there is another one.
KindergartenTeacher66 More than 1 year ago
This is the third Llama Llama book my children have and it might be the best yet. Llama Llama is still as endearing as ever in this story about growing up. Of course, Mama is here to provide love and support to Llama Llama. A wonderful book!
Cassie Marek More than 1 year ago
My Mom was working at the book and My sisters bother and I were picking out books and looked at this one decided to read it. I did and loved. How the flow of the book went and so much more!!!!!! I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good story for your toddlers starting school for the first time! Highly recommend!
Heather Colemer More than 1 year ago
My daughter really enjoys this book. She has even talked about how llama shouldn't be scared and how making friends is fun. I always reassure my girls we will always come back and get them, she commented on that at the end of the book. Buy all 3, you won't regrett it :)
VancesMom More than 1 year ago
I snuggled my 4 year old and he said "I don't think I like this book" BUT after 2 pages he loved it and begged me to read it again and again since last month, llama llama has become the top requested books. Charming stories and rhymes and art work. I think this helps kids learn about chores, being afraid and missing their parent and we talk about what llama can do to feel better or make shopping more fun. Great present idea!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this story for my 3yo daughter, she LOVES this story because you can use excitement, sad, wonder, or any other emotion when reading this book and children just love it! They can really relate to baby llama, they feel his fear and shyness and sadness, as well as his excitement when mama llama returns... GREAT story the preschoolers will just LOVE!!!! There is one point in the story where the teacher is reading a story and baby llama says "llama llama hates that book"... but I just substitute "llama llama doesn't like that book" instead... but all-in-all, I give it 5 stars!!!
Stay-at-home_Mom_of_Two More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've bought for my daughters! The cover first caught my attention and the story lines and rhyming sealed the deal. My daughters love to have books read to them and this is one that they ask for every night at bedtime. My three year old is into finding words that rhyme and this book sure fits her. She's getting ready to start preschool in the fall and Llama Llama Misses Mama is helping us teach her what to expect. We have also purchased Llama Llama Mad at Mama and absolutely love the story. I'm sure many mothers and fathers can relate to having their children lose their calm while shopping. Looking forward to buying the other Llama Llama books.
LAR4 More than 1 year ago
We can't wait for more Llama Llamas!
TheHowardsinNJ More than 1 year ago
We bought the first two books of this series for Christmas 2007. Our 2 year old memorized both books in about a montb. We've waited for another book. I was so excited to find Llama Llama Misses Mama and brought it home for our daughter who is now 3. She's in preschool this year and can relate to the story. The diversity of animals relates to the classroom and real world. The author uses basic emotions and concepts with her colorful illustrations in all three books. Her books are educational and enjoyable. We can't wait until the next book! The Howards in NJ
KB151 More than 1 year ago
We love all of her books! My children really enjoy the illustrations and story.
GrammiP More than 1 year ago
My grandson loves all the Llama books but this one is especially endearing. He started pre-school last August and Llama Llama Misses Mama touches on all the new experiences he has faced. He requests this book at bedtime, sometimes more than once. He is able to recite the whole book himself, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a lifesaver!! My daughter started preschool and had a very hard adjusting. I purchased this book and it has really helped with her transition. She makes me read it everynight and she has now begun reading it to all her dolls and toys. Great book!!
Emily Doss More than 1 year ago
It so neat I can't stop thinking about it.
avidreaderDC More than 1 year ago
My two grandkids 4 and 2 loved this book. They insisted it be read to them no less than 10 times a day for 5 days. The 4 y/o is starting preschool and he really enjoyed listening and then reading it to me. The 2 y/o loved the pictures and the rhyming. Absolutely kept them engaged. Get the hardback.
Yaccova More than 1 year ago
We love the Llama Llama series in our home. While it lacks the same extraordinarily high level of appeal of "Llama Llama Red Pajama," it is a wonderful well-written children's book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great back to school book or for little ones entering school for the first time. It relates to the feelings the kids have going to school better than other school books and then, of course, ends with mama llama coming back and little llama figuring out that he can love school and mama too. Used this for my kindergartener and preschooler and they both loved it.
JenSD More than 1 year ago
Violets_Mom More than 1 year ago
Got this for my 2 1/2 year old daughter. She loves it and I love reading it to her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 2 and 4 year old girls just love the llama llama books and so do I! Funny how as parents sometime we try to avoid books with a lot of words. I think this is a happy medium and definately has a great message in all 3 books that teaches children good lessons about life and growing up!
Teacher-zoey More than 1 year ago
This series of books by Anna Dewdney really capture the special bond between the adorable Llama Llama and the loving mother. Your kid's hearts will melt while reading these touching stories and this one just may be the best.
margareth More than 1 year ago
My grandson loves this story! Enjoys hearing it again and again.
agray More than 1 year ago
My 2 1/2 year old loved this book instantly! We must read it several times. I would recommend this book and I will look for more by this author.
ILoveToReadLH More than 1 year ago
This latest addition to the Llama Llama series is already a favorite of my two grandchildren. Collect them all, you won't be disappointed!
Oliviafar More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I would have loved this book when I was a kid. The illustrations are wonderful and the story is perfect for children starting school. I will be buying more Llama Llama books.