A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the beneift of keeping a clean home and tidying up after yourself, including having clean clothes, towels, dishes, pots, and pans to use and having more floor space to play. Introduces some sophisticated vocabulary: clutter, chaoes, distress, disarray.
Life's better when you keep a clean house. Even little ones can help keep the place clean and tidy. You have more space to play if you put toys and mess away. "Each thing has its special spot."
Positive Role Models
Mama finds a funny way to help Llama Llama imagine what life would be like if Mama stopped cleaning. He gets the point and changes his messy ways and helps her tidy up. They share a fun activity after they're done cleaning up; she gives him a warm hug and is proud of him.
Parents Need to Know
the late Parents need to know that Llama Llama Mess, Mess, Mess is credited to Llama Lama series creator Anna Dewdney and her partner Reed Duncan, who's carrying on the popular Llama Llama picture book series. This one captures the spirit and rhyming style of the original stories, and illustrator JT Morrow captures the look. Like the others, it comes with a handy lesson -- this one about cleaning up after yourself. It's a fun read for prechoolers who might need some gentle prodding in that regard.
Is It Any Good?
This lively lesson uses the extreme example of a mom who quits her cleaning duties to show her child what would happen if she let things stay messy. Llama Llama Mess, Mess, Mess uses the familiar rhythm and rhyme of the series, it's clever and silly as it imagines the resulting "clutter, chaos, and distress." It's cute and not too heavy-handed, showing kids the many benefits of tidying up -- including having more space to play.
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