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Llama Llama likes to sing.
Gilroy laughs at everything.
Llama sings out just the same.
Gilroy says a not-nice name.
Teacher has some things to say:
calling names is not OK.
Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn't sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again?
Taking on a difficult but important part of children's lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way.
About 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.
What People are Saying About This
Praise for LLAMA LLAMA AND THE BULLY GOAT by Anna Dewdney:
"Dewdney’s lovable Llama Llama offers children one strategy to combat bullying, all couched in her trademark rhyming verse and presented through situations that are sure to resonate with those new-to-school." —Kirkus
“[Dewdney] writes touchingly about the emotions of young children… [offering] a model for empathy, courage and forgiveness.” —New York Times Book Review
"A great discussion starter." —School Library Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are not familiar with the great Llama Llama books then you are in for a real treat. This is Anna Dewdney's newest picture book in the series and it is adorable. Llama is ready to give us another life lesson -- so listen closely. This lesson is about bullying and how to deal with it even at an early age. I like the message and the fact that it is geared to younger children so they can learn exactly what to do if they are bullied or have a tendency to be a bully themselves. Gilroy Goat is not a nice goat. All the kids at school are engaged in drawing fun pictures, singing great songs, writing stories to express themselves and learning to count. Gilroy chides and makes fun of them which does not sit well with the group. He thinks that everything that they are dong is silly and stupid and he finally says a "not-nice"name. " The head authority (the teacher) steps in and she in no certain terms lets him know the folly of his ways and that that type of behaviour will not be tolerated in her classroom. Dewdney writes in catchy ryhming verse: "Teacher has some things to say. Calling names is not OK. Being mean is not allowed. Teacher says to stop it now." But Gilroy disobeys and at recess time he kicks sand and dirt on Llama and pushes Llama's friend Nelly into the sandbox. That's it. They have had enough of his bullying and they go to the teacher to report his misconduct. The teacher puts Gilroy on a long time-out so he can reflect on his bad behaviour and during this time a great transformation occurs. The teacher finally lets Gilroy play again and to everyone's amazement they find he does learn his lesson and plays nicely from then on with the other children and becomes their friend. Oh that life could be that simple and lessons learned so quickly. The whole point of the book is to open up a dialogue about what to do about someone who is acting in a bullying fashion. You can discuss how to handle a bully - go tell someone - and do not let him get away with it. Young students will benefit from the discussion about good behaviour, friendship and the necessity of seeking out an adult for help. Dewdney does not portray the Bully Goat in a way that scares kids but even young kids will recognize that Gilroy's behaviour was not okay. She also has Llama Llama and his friend Nelly Gnu stand up to the bully first before going to tell the teacher, which in itself is a very important life lesson.
All of the LLAMA LLAMA books are great and in their own way teaches a lesson. My three year old grandson can't get enough he wants to read them over and over. This book is especially good because it address bullying for the very young. Can't wait for another new book.
It addresses a big issue that our society is faced with today.
In a gentle way, kids learn that being a bully brings negative results.
My granddaughter began the llama series books a few years ago when she was three and a half. She absolutely loves them. She is now just 6. She looks forward to getting one on each birthday, and at Christmas, and sometimes just because. She also has the llama doll that she takes to bed at night. Well worth the money!