Is Your Mama A Llama?
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Is Your Mama A Llama?

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Lloyd the Llama discovers what kind of animal his mama really is in this delightful guessing game picture book, filled with whimsical riddles and endearing illustrations. Rhyming questions and answers will charm and amuse children. Full-color illustrations.
Board Book, 28 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 1989)
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Eva Leger
Jun 20, 2010 Eva Leger rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who like to rhyme "llama" and "mama"
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This reminds me (and Julia by the way) an awful lot of the Anna Dewdney books. Or, I should say that Dewdney's books remind me an awful lot of this book because I *think* this came first. I understand that writing a book that consists of "llama mama's" doesn't give one the sole right to "llama mama" books but I don't know, there is a striking similiarity if you ask me.
Anyway, I for one like that rhyme. A lot. It just has a real nice ring to it and it's funny as hell. Julia's taken to, on and of...more
This is a great story for young readers to listen to and to read themselves. It is full of fun rhyming riddles. This is a classic. Lloyd the baby llama meets a different animal on every page; Lloyd asks them, “Is your mama a llama?” The rhyming riddles the animals give Lloyd help him to guess what kind of animal everyone’s mama really is. When he asks his friend Llyn the llama his question he finally gets the answer he has been waiting to hear.
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Jessica Richards
Is Your Mama a Llama? is a children's book about animals written by Deborah Guarino. In the book, Lloyd the llama is very interested in what kind of animals all of his friends mama's are. She begins asking every friend that she sees if their mama is a llama but she finds that all of the friends she asks do not have llama's as mama's. She asks every friend that she knows about their mama until she comes to the last friend who has a special surprise for her about her mama that she didn't realize....more
Crystal Allen
The first time this book came on my radar was when Patrica Arquette was reading it to her daughter on the show Medium. It had such a fun rythm to it that I vowed to look for it the next time I was in a bookstore. Over the summer I was in a used bookstore in Steveston and found it in paperback for $2.00. I had to buy it.

This book sits on my bedside table and I frequently read it to Bella when she is either falling asleep or just waking up. I only read it to her when she is sleepy because she lov...more
A young llama asks its friends whether or not their mamas are llamas, leading to a discussion of different animal characteristics.

The images are simple and saturated with color. The animals are drawn realistically, though the environment is fairly stereotypical and uninteresting. Still, the art is detailed enough that the differences in animal types are easy to distinguish.

The poetry is trite but catchy, and while the overall theme could be useful in teaching young children about different kinds...more
Ashli Stroyan
I tend to love books with a rhythm which is one of the main reasons I loved this book! Lloyd is a llama who asks many different animals if their mama is a llama. Children will love to interact while reading this book by solving the riddles the author has on each page. For example ““Is your mama a llama?” I asked my friend Jane. “No she is not,” Jane politely explained. “She grazes on grass and she likes to say ‘Moo!’ I don’t think that is what a llama would do.” “Oh,” I said. “I understand, now....more
Daniele Merrick
Is Your Mama A Llama is such a fun children’s book that introduces you to different types of animals. The book is written through rhymes and questions with answers. The baby Llama meets a new animal on every page and tries to figure out who their mamas are so that she could find hers. The best part about this book is the fact that with each animal she meets and talks to, she gets a small hint as to what a llama actually looks like. In the end she finally gets to her mama and realizes that every...more
"Is Your Mama a Llama?" is a very good book to read to children. It is an excellent form for predictability and pattern. The book allows student to guess what kind of animal is being surprised. They are learning about new animals, they may never have heard of before. Also, the pictures in this book portray the story really well and are quite beautiful illustrations. I would definitely read this book in my classroom.
Rachel Stolzman
In the beginning I liked the repetition ("is your mama a llama?"), but as the book went on I just kept waiting for the ending to find out if the llama would ever find another character that had a llama as a mama. I think that this book would be a great book for a classroom setting, because it is a very interactive book. The students would be able to catch onto the repetition and read along with the story. They would also be able guess what each mama is by the description of each character's desc...more
Dec 19, 2007 elissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents and 2-5 year olds
Both of my kids loved this fun rhyming book when they were toddlers and preschoolers, and I've also used it for preschool storytimes. Kellogg's pictures are great, as usual. My older son started calling me "Llama" when he was 8 or 9, which I love!
Leah Pileggi
This book works for children and for adults. It’s absolutely age appropriate for any young pre-reader but will entertain a tired adult, too. Some slightly sophisticated words are introduced. That helps kids stretch their brains without even knowing it.
This is a concept book for very young children about the characteristics of various, and sometimes unusual, animals. It uses rhyme for emphasis and humor.
On my first silent read-through of the first few pages, the rhyme didn’t kick in for me. I r...more
This children's book by Deborah Guarino, in my opinion is very well written. The book is written almost like a poem and i really like that, the children will be able to speak that aloud with the teacher if you were to use this as a read aloud. I would use this for K-1st. The children will be able to identify wide variety of animal types that they may not had been familiar with before because they may or may not have them in their area. But now they will also be able know different characteristic...more
This was a really good read, I must say in deed! "Is Your Mama A Llama?" teaches children both rhyming and fun attributes to animals at the same time. Through the very intricate sketches and vibrant water colors, the different habitats come alive on each page. Young children can see exactly where these exciting animals live while also trying to help find out which Mamas are whose. Deborah Guarino does a great job at keeping each page the same length with just enough information for the reader to...more

A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.
Jazzmarie Vedrine
I enjoyed reading this book because it introduced animals that are not always found in the zoo. It introduced a 2 - 4 year child to a Llama, seal, bat, swan and kangaroo. The book rhymes and uses descriptive words in describing the various animals. The children will learn words that describes body parts of an animal, the texture of their fur, what they do, where they are found, and the sounds they make. The book keeps a child engaged in the story as it is read, and gets the child to guess the an...more
“Is Your Mama a Llama?” is a picturebook written by Deborah Guarino and illustrated by Steven Kellogg that is intended for children ages 2-7 or nursery/primary readers (P and N). It tells the adorable rhyming tale of a baby llama named Lloyd who goes about asking all of his friends if their mama is a llama. Each animal then responds to the Lloyd. They tell Lloyd what kind of an animal their “mama” is and some of her characteristics. I gave this book five stars because it is well rhymed and the i...more
Holly Heuglin
"Is Your Mama a Llama," written by Deborah Guarino, is a fun-filled story about a young llama just trying to find its mama! The cria seems to be a bit lost, and asks a handful of animals if their mother was a llama, just like her, in which each of the animals replied, "No, she is not." She may want to give up, but eventually, the baby reaches her mother, and realizes in the end, only HER mama is a llama and that animals all can be of a different species. The pictures or cartoon-like with bright...more
Jordon Worley
"Is Your Mama a Llama?" is a book about a llama asking various animals if their mother is a llama (no surprise there). Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I think it was very cute how it rhymed. The book also make you want to turn the page by giving unfinished sentences where you have to turn the page to find out what is next. As an adult, it is obvious what will be on the next page. However, I think young children love to guess and then find out that their predictions were correct. This book...more
The book Is Your Mama a Llama? written by Deborah Guarino and illustrated by Steven Kellogg is a great predictable/pattern book. The book audience for this book is kindergartners and first graders. This group likes book that explore different concept but still have a predictability to ease the learning. The story is about the adventure of a little llama that asks his other animal friends if their mamas are llamas. In the course of the story, the reader learns distinct characteristics of certain...more
Mindy Cho
Is Your Mama A Llama is about a Llama named Llyod who is on the journey of finding his mother. Llyod encounters different animals and tries to figure where his mother is.

This book is filled with colorful illustration and riddles throughout the book. I think this book is good for students because it can teach them about the different names of the animals, while they can guess the names also. The book continues as Lloyd and the reader are both guessing and figuring out what animals Lloyd is speak...more
Annie Baucke
I would recommend that this book be used in either a pre-school or kindergarten classroom. My reasoning behind this is because this is the age in which children should be learning the names of different animals while also being able to pick out which baby animal belongs to a certain mama animal. Children will have fun interacting with the teacher as they read this book aloud. From rhyming words to silly questions, your students will be jumping out of their seats to guess which animal belongs to...more
Tonya Branch

This is a cute book about a llama that goes around asking other animals "Is your mama a llama?" Each animal says no and explains the characteristics of their mama. From these characteristics the young llama guesses what species of animal the mama is. This continues throughout the entire book until the end, when the young llama finds another llama that says "yes, my mama is a llama." This is a playful book that is great for teaching children about animals. The illustrations in the book are...more
Holly Smith
I chose "Is Your Mama a Llama" because I remember it being read to me in elementary school and loving it. Our character Lloyd is going around asking his friends if their mom is a llama. What makes this book a predictable book is two factors: That the character is repeatedly asking friends who are not llamas if their mom is one and the other is that the story is a rhyming story. The illustrations in this book are realistic, making sure that the animals in the book stay true to the animals in real...more
Ashley Wilson
I just kind of liked this book. With it being a patterned book I liked how you could most likely read it to a child and they could use context clues to find out what animal is being talked about. In using this book, children would be able to learn how to describe animals and also gain rhyming skills. I also liked how in the illustrations there were clues as to what the animal was. Although I liked how the illustrations were telling of what came next, I did not care too much for the illustrations...more
It's a cute book that teaches kids about baby animals and their mothers. It also introduces concepts of rhyming and riddles. It allows kids to interact with the storytelling. But, I feel like this theme suggests that your mother has to look just like you, which can be difficult for kids who are adopted or are of a different race than one of their parents.
Katie McGaha
I thought this book told an absolutely adorable story. I am a sucker for children stories with rhyming parts so I thought this book was cute and smart all the way through. The illustrations are full of color and all the tints seem to coincide and mess. You can see the same shade of rose on the rocks, trees and the llama's fur. I think Kellogg's reasoning behind this exuberant use of color was to create another pattern. These illustrations also communicate the theme of the mother-child relationsh...more
Melanie Sparks
I often found myself humming the words as I read this book. The words flow so well, and the story teaches children many things. It not only provides young readers with a lesson in rhythmic speaking, but also rhyming, patterns and predictability. The illustrations were vibrant and colorful and the story itself was adorable.
Remember those Scholastic book orders that came in at school? I lived for those days and would spend ages reading all the book descriptions and color-coding them by order of desire. My mom was awesome at ordering books illustrated by Steven Kellogg and this was one of my favorites.
Amy Musser
The rhyming text and use of the reoccurring question make this book very attractive to children. Kids will quickly pick up on the pattern and be eager to help the little llama in his search for his mama. As you read the book aloud leave a pause for the kids to guess each animal’s mama. This will be easy for older kids who will recognize that the parent will be the same as the baby animal; however younger kids may be surprised when you turn the page to reveal the illustration of the baby and moth...more
Eloise Davis
This is a great book that is geared towards young elementary school students. This story is about a little llama going around asking different animals if they are his mother. He is so eager to find his mother and is asking as many of his friends as he can. The illustrations in this story are really amazing. They are sketched and watercolored. The pictures are very realistic but also very pretty. I remember reading this story as a child! My teacher read it to my class and we got to do a fun activ...more
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