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Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Last updated Thursday, December 12, 2013

Author: Anna Dewdney
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 0670011614
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2013

Synopsis: "From School Library Journal:
The holidays are filled with fun and excitement and a lot of things to do and make, but poor Llama Llama has to wait. Patience not being his strong suit, and completely overwhelmed by all the holiday activities, he has a complete meltdown on Christmas Eve. Fortunately, Mama Llama is there to save the day with hugs and kisses and a little quiet time."

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What does your family like to do during the holidays?
•  What is your favorite thing about the holidays?
•  Does the llama on the cover look happy? Sad? Worried?

•  llama - A domesticated South American ruminant mammal (Lama glama) related to the camel, raised for its soft, fleecy wool.
•  ablaze - Radiant with bright color. Fervent or excited.
•  store display - Objects or merchandise set out for viewing by the public.
•  hustle & bustle - To move or cause to move energetically and busily; hurry.
•  dreidels - A toy similar to a spinning top used in games of chance played by children and adults at Hanukkah.
•  woodsy smells - pine
•  eggnog - A drink consisting of milk or cream, sugar, and eggs beaten together and often mixed with an alcoholic liquor.
•  swoon - To faint. To be overwhelmed by ecstatic joy.
•  drama - A situation or sequence of events that is highly emotional or turbulent.
•  fluff - Something having a very light, soft, or frothy consistency or appearance.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  When is the special date?
•  Why did llama become worried and sad?
•  Have you ever had to wait a long time for something you were excited about? How did it feel to wait?
•  What is "holiday drama"? Do you prefer a dramatic, exciting or a calm holiday?
•  Why is llama happy at the end of the story?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a llama. Draw or cut out a big L-shape for the body, add the face & legs, then cover the body with cotton or yarn.
•  Make a countdown calendar for December 2013. Draw a little picture on each day of the month. Mark off the days that are already past to demonstrate, then the kids can keep checking off each day until Christmas or until the end of the month (explain that this is also the end of the year). (use provided template)

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!