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Is Your Mama a Llama

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With humorous rhymes, six lovable animals help Lloyd the llama discover what kind of animal his mama is.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Perfection Learning (first published January 1st 1989)
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Sophia Triad
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Little Lloyd tries to guess what kind of animal everyone’s mama really is:
“Is your mama a llama?”

So he discovers that the mothers of his friends are: bat, swan, cow, seal, kangaroo and of course a llama.

The first time you read it with your child, she/he probably try to guess the name of the animal's mother. It will be like a game. The second time you read it, she/he will probably remember :)

Cute, little book with rhymes.
Perfect for spelling and for beginners in reading.
Rhythmical riddles and b
Eva Leger
Jun 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute short story. Love the rhymes and illustrations :)
Linda Abhors the New GR Design
Pictures are darling. The rhyme in Spanish is a bit forced because of the stress, but for the most part, it still works.
Jessica Richards
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pattern-book
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
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
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
Bhargavi Balachandran
Lo loved this book. She squealed in delight every time she could guess the animal the clues were given for. She loves books that rhyme and are a little silly- so this one was just perfect for her. Illustrations were super duper cute. Overall a lovely read! We will surely read this a few more times before it goes back to the library, and maybe even look out for our own copy, if she enjoys it consistently after the 'newness' of the book fades
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
"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.
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A predictable book that I immediately decided to read at the next storytime. Kids are going to love this, especially on subsequent reads.

A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.
Shanyon Patterson carter
This is my 16 mo old's FAVORITE book. She has me read it over and over every day. Wish this was a series!
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one makes Alistair smile.
Paige Patterson
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Is Your Mama a Llama?

Author: Deborah Guarino

Illustrator: Steven Kellogg

Genre: Predictable Book, Picture Book,

Theme(s): Repeated/Patterned Phrase, Animals/Llamas, Family,

Opening line/sentence: “Is your mama a llama?” I asked my friend Dave.

Brief Book Summary: A llama explores and visits his friends, asking them all, “is your mama a llama?” Each animal replies no, and explains why their mother is different than the llama’s mother. Finally, the llama asks another llama from the same herd an
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, classics
This was one of my favorite books as a child. I remember it quiet strongly from my years growing up. As an adult now I can really understand and take into consideration what the book is doing.

I think it's great because of a few reasons. One is that children can be exposed to several different animals. It also gives them an opportunity to guess them which can help them learn.

Another thing that it does is showcase different landscapes, this is very inclusive to many different places around the w
Adriana Brown
Is Your Mama a Llama, written by Deborah Guarino is a great book for preschoolers and kindergartners. The book does a great job of keeping children engaged with rhymes and riddles. The book is also a great way for children to learn more about various animals. I also liked the way the book gave hints about what the animals was instead telling the type of animal immediately. This gives the students a chance to guess what the animal is and get them excited about knowing their animals. An example f ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sweet story that revolves around a llama using questioning to identify his mother.
Gaurino's rhyme scheme is whimsical and flows easily. A young reader would enjoy the rhythmic pattern of the text. Additionally, the format of the book allows for a pause after each animal speaks which provides an opportunity for a young reader to guess or predict the name of the animal.
I really enjoyed the kindness among the animals that is exhibited throughout the story. It is refreshing witness charac
Leigh Chickering
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rdng-350
A baby llama goes around asking different animals if their mama is a llama and they all reply that their mamas are not but instead they are animals such as a kangaroo, a seal, or a swan. Soon, the baby llama asks another llama and she finally gets a yes.

This book is so cute! I love the illustrations and the rhyming in it. I love all the different animals that were used in it and how they explained them all.

I think that this book could be used for so many different lessons. It could teach about
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is Your Mama a Llama? is a poem because it uses rhyming words. This book is about a llama trying to find his mother by asking different animals if they are llamas.
This book is great for kids because as you read the book they author strategically put the hints to what the animal is on one page and to find out what animal they are talking about you have to turn the page. The author also uses rhyming words to help out the readers with what she is talking about. The images cover the whole page. I r
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This picture book takes you through the journey of a little llama who is trying to figure out who his mother is. He asks all kinds of animals (bat, kangaroo, swan, seal, etc.) if they are his mother, but they all say no. At the end of the book, the llama finally finds his mama.

When I think of this book, I think of it as one of my classic childhood books, but reading over it again, I'm not the biggest fan.

This would be a good book for basic concepts, matching, and yes/no questions.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully illustrated book that teaches some of the features of different animals as a little llama goes around asking his friends if their mother is a llama. I like the rhyming pattern of the text, and the flow of the story. It is slightly long for my infant who sometimes has trouble sitting through the whole story but it is a book I am sure he will like more and more as he gets older and his attention span improves.
Erin Bliss
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a llama asking all of his animal friends if their mama's are llamas. It repeats, and rhymes, and has incredible illustrations!
I love this book! I could do a whole lesson in poetry, and how they work! It talks about different animals too with the most adorable pictures! I think my kids would love this book a lot! Definitely would use it for a younger reading classroom.
Georgia Goldberg
I give this book a 5 star rating because it is a childhood favorite and I love the illustrations. I think this book is helpful because children can learn to identify characteristics that are associated with different animals. I recommend this book because it is lighthearted and a good read for all young children. The book has also been awarded as a blue ribbon book.
Sidney Chumbler
This book is really great for scaffolding and learning about different animals for young readers. I love that this little llama is asking everyone else if their mother is a llama because that is what all kids assume at a young age that everyone is the same and this book teaches that they are not.
Emma White
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This baby llama goes on a precious journey to find out if any other baby animals have llama's for mothers. Cute and detailed illustrations and a good book for introducing ideas of people being different.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is Your Mama a Llama is a hilarious little picture book filled with rhymes and riddles that is sure to have students laughing and engaged. It's a great call and response book that gets students guessing at the next line and thinking their own silly little responses.
Susan Foster
Love the rhyming which helps with the guessing.
Rachel Dooley
This sweet guessing book is filled with delightful and colorful illustrations! The playful riddles and rhymes are very enjoyable, and children will be engaged every turn of the page.
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