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3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Harley is learning to be a pack animal, but he kicks, he screamsand he spits! Then a shepherd, who needs a llama to watch over her sheep, decides to take a chance on young Harley. Through the seasons, a series of challenges both great and small turn the temperamental llama into a loving leader. with poetic, easy-to-read language, and captivating artwork by Caldecott Honor- ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Chronicle Books (first published March 1st 2001)
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Nicola Mansfield
Jan 31, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Molly Bang is a Caldecott Award-winning author and her illustrations in this unique easy reader are absolutely beautiful. Star Livingstone actually camped out in a tipi in eastern Massachusetts to observe Harley and his sheep while she wrote this book based on real-life events. This is such a beautiful easy reader I was just charmed by it! A lovely tale of a sheep ranch owned by a female shepherd who buys a guard lama to protect her sheep after they are attacked by coyotes in the night. The stor ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
In fascinating detail, Star Livingstone tells the true story of Harvey the llama as he becomes a guard for sheep. My 6-year-old and I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the wonderful illustrations by Molly Bang. We learned many things about llama behavior without having to read lists of facts. For the first time, I felt like I understood and cared about a llama.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I couldn't resist that cute face on the cover! I also learned a lot about the use of llamas as shepherds. Combine this with Johanna Hurwitz's two books, A Llama in the Family and A Llama in the Library.
Jul 10, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fiction
Written for beginning readers, but never condescending. Good story; beautiful illustrations.
Apr 14, 2015 Erica rated it it was ok
The stars are just for the llama.
Nov 19, 2012 Polly rated it it was ok
Pointless. I cannot imagine what kind of person learning to read would want to read endless, boring sentences about a llama. It's quite simple, but there's so much of it! I can't imagine anyone at this level wanting this much to read (it's at least 60 pages, most of them with a lot of text), or anyone up to this length wanting something this simple and bland. It's a cute idea, but should have been cute in half or even more.
Sep 02, 2010 Maelee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 2nd-3rd graders;animal lovers
Recommended to Maelee by: the cover caught my eye
I never knew much about llamas until I read this book! Harley is a heartwarming tale of a very special llama. He starts out as a failure but overcomes his personality quirks and spitting outbursts and succeeds as a sheep protector. Who knew? I especially like when he throws a tantrum in the middle of the field. Harley seems very human - he's not perfect - just special.
Jennifer Oaks
Dec 17, 2011 Jennifer Oaks rated it it was ok
Shelves: animals, farm-life
I thought that this book is definitely for younger children because of the use of so many simple sentences. I felt that the book just did not flow. I did think it was funny how a llama protected and led the sheep in this story. The little girl made the right choice because the llama hept the wolves away.
It isn't a good read aloud really because the sentences are so choppy. Maybe it is supposed to be an early reader? Anyway - the story is cute and the illustrations are really fun.
Dec 10, 2011 Marilyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-aloud
Bought this book a couple of summers ago to do as a puppet play. Reread it the other day when I was missing our llamas.
Apr 19, 2010 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: children, animals, rms
Simple sentence structure makes this good for beginnning readers.
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