Sunday, December 8, 2013

Picture Book Review: Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

 Title: Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Author: Anna Dewdney
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publication Date: October 2010
Genre/Format: Picture Book Fiction

Llama Llama Holiday DramaGoodreads Summary: Llama Llama holidays. Jingle music. Lights ablaze.
How long till that special date?
Llama Llama has to wait.

If there's one thing Llama Llama doesn't like, it's waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree . . . but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come? Finally, Llama Llama just can't wait any more! It takes a cuddle from Mama Llama to remind him that "Gifts are nice, but there's another: The true gift is, we have each other."

Grade Level: PreK+
Kristin's Thoughts: Madeline is three (four in February) during this holiday season and really exhibits for the first time, behavior that reflects some of the craziness that takes hold of this time of year. There's the talk of Santa, the holiday decorations everywhere, the toys at the Fred Meyer where we shop that are strategically placed at little people level, the newly decorated Christmas tree at home, and the fact that our coastal grounds are covered with the white stuff (a rare occasion for us). Maddie is in full affect with the constant questions around "is it Christmas yet?" not to mention the ongoing "I need...." which translated means "I want...."
Llama Llama Holiday Drama was a good reminder that sometimes what we (not just kids, moms too) need is a loving hug. I couldn't agree more that "the true gift is we have each other." Reading this book together ended with some pretty special cuddles. 

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