Llama Llama Time to Share

Book review by
Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Llama learns to share his toys in zippy read-aloud.

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Educational Value

Readers are introduced to an animal they may not know: the gnu. Llama (or the unseen narrator channeling his thoughts), amusingly refers to new neighbor Nelly as "the Gnu girl." 

Positive Messages

It's hard to share, but it's good to do it -- it makes play more peaceful and even more fun. There's also an implicit message that boys and girls can play pretend games together easily.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Llama is very in touch with his feelings. He gives into petty jealousy or selfishness at times, but he learns from his mistakes and is llama enough to admit that it's more fun to share at playtime than not. Nelly is kind and creative in her play. Neither character makes any issue of a boy and girl playing together. Each suggests a more gender-specific game, which the other politely declines, and they find games they can both enjoy: stacking blocks to make a castle, tower, moat, and then playing kitchen and making a cake.

Violence & Scariness

A toy's arm gets ripped in a struggle between Llama Lama and Nelly Gnu.  


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Llama Llama Time to Share is the sixth book in the bestselling series starring a young lama who seems an awful lot like a typical preschool kid -- emotional, stubborn at times, but sweet and kind, with an understanding mama who helps him through his momentary dilemmas. This time the issue is having to share his toys -- especially his treasured stuffed animal, Fuzzy Llama -- with his Gnu neighbor girl. In a tug of war between the two youngsters, Fuzzy's arm is ripped off, but Mama quickly sews it -- and the tykes learn to share and become real friends. 

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Adult Written byPKELLAR April 15, 2013

Another great Llama Llama book

Llama Llama Time to Share is another great book by Anna Dewdney. Llama is visited by Nelly Gnu, his new neighbor and doesn't want to share his toys, espec... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat November 5, 2020

What's the story?

Llama's mama invites new neighbors over -- Nelly Gnu, her mom, and her baby brother. The moms chat and sit with the baby while Nelly and Llama start playing with Llama's toys. Things go well until Nelly puts Llama's stuffed animal, Fuzzy Llama, in a high chair for a pretend feeding. "He's not hers! This isn't fair!" screams Llama. "Llama doesn't like to share." In the ensuing tug of war, Fuzzy's arm gets torn off. Mama Llama repairs it, then puts Fuzzy on the stairs "until you're sure that you can share." Soon Llama realizes the new game that he and Nelly are playing would be more fun with Fuzzy: "Llama thinks it's time to share." When Nelly has to leave, Llama knows he's made a new freind and looks forward to her next visit: "Llama wants to share again!"

Is it any good?

LLAMA LLAMA TIME TO SHARE is the latest entertaining Llama drama in a deservedly popular series. In each book, Llama faces his feelings, learns something, conquers his own kid-style pettiness and stubbornness, and comes out of the experience better for it. All this is accomplished with lively, colorful illustrations, catchy rhymes (making for a great read-aloud), and an appealing, well-developed main character, and author-illustrator Anna Dewdney never succumbs to preachiness.

This book's theme -- about how tough it is for kids to share toys -- is perfect for its target audience of preschoolers and young kids. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how hard it is to share your things with others, especially someone you just met. Have you ever been in a situation like Llama's? 

  • If you've read other Llama Llama books, how do you think this one compares? 

  • Do you like the way Llama Lama Time to Share shows how a girl and boy can both have fun playing the same game of pretend? What games can you think of that anyone can enjoy?

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