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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa is another book in the popular Llama Llama series. Here, he goes on his first overnight at his grandparents' house and gets a bit homesick and anxious -- especially after he realizes he's forgotten his favorite stuffed animal. But he still does lots of fun activities with his grandparents, and at the end of the day, Grandpa gives him his boyhood stuffed toy to sleep with. The book's gentle home-away-from-home message is charming and reassuring. Perfect for reading aloud at bedtime or anytime.
What's the story?
Llama Llama goes for his first sleepover in LLAMA LLAMA GRAM AND GRANDPA, where the little llama finds everything's a bit different at his grandparents' house -- the food, the pictures of his mom on the wall -- and when he realizes he forgot his Fuzzy Llama stuffed animal, it weighs on him all day, but he but holds his feelings in. When he finally lets them (and a few tears) out at bedtime, Grandpa brings out his own boyhood stuffed llama and offers it to the youngster to snuggle with. "Big or little, young or old,/a llama needs someone to hold," says the reassuring text. And he realizes he's not alone, because this is his "home away from home."
Is it any good?
Llama Llama works through homesickness in this reassuring, relatable tale of a child's first sleepover at his grandparents' house. As in all the Llama Llama books, it astutely zeroes in on a common childhood situation and shows the vulnerable young character growing through a problem. It reflects genuine childhood anxieties and portrays loving adults who help Llama Llama overcome his fears and feeling of being alone. The expressive illustrations and zippy rhyming couplets make it great for reading aloud.
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