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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"
Shelves: julias-books
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
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Sue
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
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earthy
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
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Sabrina
This is a cute short story. Love the rhymes and illustrations :)
Sabrina Parsons
I absolutely love this book from the story to the illustrations. This book has a simple but fun plot. It is about a younger llama going around and asking all his friends if their mama is a llama too. Most of the friends reply with no and explain what their mamas do and why they couldn't be a llama because their mamas don't do what llamas would do. The book then gives a page that stated what the friends mama is. At the end the young llama asks another young llama if her mama is a llama and she sa ...more
Denise Hutchins
I remember when this book first came out, or at least, I remember when it was very popular in my life (home and school, probably) within a few years of it coming out, and I read it countless times. The last two Steven Kellogg-illustrated books I’ve read and reviewed here were both published in the 70s while this one came out in 1989. The difference in Kellogg’s style and skill is remarkable. When I was a little kid, I didn’t notice the change, but now—and especially as an aspiring career illustr ...more
Meghan Klyczek
"Is Your Mama a Llama?" came to me through my LIS 510 class. On the list of reading books, this name popped out to me and I for some reason had an urge to read it. I believe the rhyming in the title is what initially brought me closer to wanting to read this book. I love a good book with rhyming in it. It flows better as you read and students even recognize the sounds of rhyming when it is being read aloud to them. What a great book! I really enjoyed this book. Although the sentences on each pag ...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
Kristen
"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.
Brittany
This one makes Alistair smile.
Jill Marks
Is Your Mama a Llama? is a classic children's book written in 1989. I recognized this book from my own childhood. My mom would read it to me as a bedtime story. Is Your Mama a Llama? is a pattern/predictable children's book about a young llama trying to figure out what a llama is. He asks his friends if there momma is a llama, to which most of them reply no. Is Your Mama a Llama? is a wonderful pattern recognition book for children. The author uses rhyme and page turners in order to make the sto ...more
Hope Gockenbach
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Is Your Mama a Llama is the story of Lloyd. Lloyd goes to all his friends to ask them if their mama is a llama too, but it’s not until he meets his friend Llyn that he hears the answer he is looking for. I really like this book because it talks about many different kinds of animals. It explains what each of them look like, and it accompanied by pictures. It never says the name of the animal on the same page that it is describing the animal, which gives the kids reading the book time to g
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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
elissa
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
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Maryruth
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
Jammie Mays
My eyes played with the sometimes bright and sometimes soft colors used in these illustrations. He did a great job in making sure that children would be drawn in by the colors on each page. The swirls used to create the llamas fur makes it seem so soft and realistic. The dark colors used to depict the animal’s habitats are very reminiscent of the book Swimmy. I like how some of the animals have a glow to them, especially the duck on the pond. It makes you think that the sun is really shining on ...more
Rachael
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
Paula

A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.
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Hadley Webb
Feb 04, 2015 Hadley Webb marked it as to-read
Shelves: predictable-book
This book goes through a multitude of different animals. Each animal is asked a simple question "is your mamma a llama"? I love this book because of how great it is for children. Any child you read this story to is sure to laugh. Not only is it funny but it manages to be educational at the same time. The way that it is educational is when these animals reply that there mamma is not in fact a llama they continue to tell the goat what there mamma is and some interesting facts about there mamma. Su ...more
Michelle E.
One of the earliest books of my childhood, I had it memorized before I could read.
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
Amber
“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
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
Yesenia
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
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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
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