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Is your mama a llama?

1st Bookshelf ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 2004, c1989.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Added Author:
A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals. She grazes on grass, and she likes to say, 'Moo!' I don't think that is what a llama would do." In this favorite, whimsical rhyming riddles help Lloyd the baby llama guess what kind of animal everyone's mama really is. But it's his friend Lyn the llama that finally leads Lloyd to the answer he most longs to hear. Is your mama a llama?


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In this favorite classic, whimsical rhyming riddles help Lloyd the baby llama guess what kind of animal everyone's mama is and find his own mama.

Author Notes

Steven Kellogg has illustrated more than a hundred books, including IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA? and THE DAY JIMMY'S BOA ATE THE WASH. He has also retold and illustrated the adventures of tall-tale heroes such as Paul Bunyan, Mike Fink, and Johnny Appleseed. He lives in Essex, New York.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-- An enchanting animal guessing game for preschoolers. Lloyd, a baby llama, asks each of his friends, ``Is your mama a llama?,'' and all respond in turn with a rhyming description of their mother that is answered on the following page. Young listeners will delight in the playful rhythm of the text, and each riddle is sure to result in a resounding chorus of response. Kellogg's full-color illustrations of animals in their natural surroundings maintain their usual appeal and humor and will carry well to groups, while individual readers will be further rewarded by the subtlety and detail of the backgrounds. --Starr LaTronica, North Berkeley Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

In this board-book edition of the popular story, a llama asks each of his animal friends if their mama is a llama. Kellogg's art suffers with the great reduction in size, but the repetition in the text should appeal to the intended audience. Also available in Spanish. From HORN BOOK 1997, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

In cleverly rhymed verse, a baby llama asks other baby animals the title question, each time learning--with a page-turn timed to give the young listener a chance to anticipate it--the mother's name: bat, cow, seal, etc. Kellogg pictures a pristine world inhabited by endearing animals, tree to life except for the cygnet's duck-like neck. Guarino's first will be especially attractive to toddlers, wire know that finding your own mother is true drama. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Ages 2-5. A koala and her baby clutch each other in a tree, an opossum toddles off with her long-tailed babes aboard her back, and young llama Lloyd totters on still unsteady legs when a seagull startlingly hatches from the egg beneath his nose. These are among the engaging details Kellogg tucks into his illustrations to emphasize the theme of this pleasing study of who belongs to whom. In lilting verse that begs to be read aloud, Lloyd meets a variety of young animals and inquires if their mamas are llamas. They proceed to describe their mothers' appearances and habits until, with a turn of the page, Lloyd discovers their identities. While it's unlikely that llamas, kangaroos, bats, seals, and the other introduced critters would ever share a single habitat, they coexist within the pages of this book, creating an appealing exercise in animal classification and a reassuring reminder of the bond between mother and child. --Ellen ~Mandel