Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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First-sleepover anxieties melt away in reassuring tale.

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Educational Value

Shows planting and woodshop tools and activities as well as bedtime rituals.

Positive Messages

Grandparents will do their best to make you feel as if their house is your home away from home. Even if you don't have your favorite sleep toy, you may be able to get by with a borrowed stuffed animal.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Llama Llama's grandparents are kind, loving, and responsive to Llama Llama's feelings. Llama Llama is willing to try new things (including "squishy" and "stewed" food) and tries not to let his concern about not having Fuzzy Llama get in the way of doing activities with his grandparents. In the end he's honest about his feelings and accepts Grandpa's thoughtful and creative solution to the problem at bedtime.

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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.

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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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sleepovers. What's different when you stay at someone else's house?

  • What do you like about Llama Llama stories? Which other Llama Llama books are your favorites?

  • What are your favorite things to do with a grandparent?

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