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Llama Llama Loves to Read

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Reading looks exciting and fun in lively classroom story.

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This book breaks down the steps involved in learning to read and makes reading look fun and exciting. It accomplishes all this with a lively rhyming text that zips along in a bouncy rhythm. In the art and rhyming scheme, it's true to the late Anna Dewdney's vision. But at the core of her Llama Llama books was usually some kind of personal or ethical struggle/dilemma for the main character, Llama Llama -- like he was being selfish or jealous or demanding, and as the story developed, he became a kinder, less self-absorbed, more empathic individual. He learned something on an emotional level. Here, he learns a valuable skill. Nothing wrong with that, especially if it inspires kids to read. It's just a different kind of story.

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