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The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems

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“If you’re sleepy in the jungle/And you wish to find a pillow,/Take a friendly word of warning:/DO NOT USE AN ARMADILLO! . . .” Covering everything from centipedes to whales, from swinging on swings to ice-skating in winter, from eating applesauce to celebrating birthdays, the delightful poems in this collection convey the experiences of childhood with a timeless freshness.

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Overview

“If you’re sleepy in the jungle/And you wish to find a pillow,/Take a friendly word of warning:/DO NOT USE AN ARMADILLO! . . .” Covering everything from centipedes to whales, from swinging on swings to ice-skating in winter, from eating applesauce to celebrating birthdays, the delightful poems in this collection convey the experiences of childhood with a timeless freshness.

An illustrated collection of poems about all sorts of subjects, including "Wishes," "Ducks," "When I Need a Real Baby," and "Growing."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Mary Ann Hoberman pulls together 100 of her poems on a variety of subjects. Many of them of appeared previously, but this compilation is made particularly appealing due to the lovely artwork of Betty Fraser. Many will tickle the funny bone such as "Ducks," "Waiters," and "Applesauce," while others are riddles and still others just take a fresh look at everyday events, insects and things.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Mary Ann Hoberman has charmed us for years with her singable, readable, factual, fantastical poems. Now we have a collection of 100 of her favorite poems in The Llama Who Had No Pajama, stylishly illustrated by Betty Fraser. Whether writing about animals or insects, e.g. "O Mrs. Mosquito, quit biting me please! I'm happy my blood type with your type agrees..." or about the human condition as in "Changing"--I know what I feel like; / I'd like to be you/ And feel what you feel like/ And do what you do..." or chanting an ode to the letter O--"O is open/ O is round/ O's a circle/ O's a sound..." her musicality sparkles. What fun she has with the sound "bit" in "A rabbit/ bit/ A little bit/ An itty-bitty/ Little bit of beet. /Then bit/ By bit. / Because he liked the taste of it..." 1999, Browndeer Press/Harcourt, Ages 4 to 8, $20.00. Reviewer: Jan Lieberman
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4Hoberman's poems, accompanied by Fraser's illustrations, have been delighting children for 40 years. Now, many poems from their out-of-print books are available in this satisfying collection. The selections are mostly humorous, sometimes contemplative, and deal with animals, family, play, and plain silliness. Hoberman's rhythms are lively and agile, and her imagination and sense of humor are still in tune with young readers. Fraser's simple but detailed gouache and watercolor illustrations exhibit the same qualities. The layout is masterfully varied and never overwhelms the poems. There is a table of contents as well as an index of first lines. Good for beginning or experienced readers of poetry, this should indeed become a favorite.Nina Lindsay, Vista School, Albany, CA
Horn
Although perhaps best taken in small doses, this collection of some forty years of Hoberman verse is a charmer. The poems-peppy verses immediately identifiable as Hoberman's by their use of alliteration and repeated words and lines-seem to cover every subject under the sun; all are dependably child-centered. There are insect riddles ("A big buzz / In a little fuzz") and animal tongue-twisters ("O gaze on the graceful gazelle as it grazes") as well as an ode to slippers and a paean to the versatility of applesauce. The ordering of poems is pleasingly informal but thoughtful. Further bonuses are Betty Fraser's delicate yet merry watercolors (Fraser also illustrated Hoberman's classic A House Is a House for Me) and the varied, imaginative page design that never overwhelms the text. Indexes.
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"Hoberman's rhythms are lively and agile, and her imagination and sense of humor are still in tune with young readers. Fraser's simple but detailed gouache and watercolor illustrations exhibit the same qualities . . . Good for beginning or experienced readers of poetry, this should indeed become a favorite."—School Library Journal

"This collection of some forty years of Hoberman verse is a charmer."—The Horn Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152001117
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 68
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Hoberman has published more than twenty books for children, including the American Book Award winner A House is a House for Me , illustrated by Betty Fraser. She and her husband live in Greenwich, CT.

BETTY FRASER has illustrated many books for children, including The Cozy Book and A House Is a House for Me, both by Mary Ann Hoberman. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    The Llama Who Had No Pajama

    Nice book of poems to read anytime to a 4 year old who is starting to read. We treat it as a game. She reads the title, I read the poem. The illustrations could be better.

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