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Maria Had a Little Llama

Last updated Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Author: Angela Dominguez
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 0805093338
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2017

Synopsis: Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know Maria?

With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish re-tellings, Angela Dominguez gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme. Maria and her mischievous little llama will steal your heart. When Maria’s white llama follows her to school, the students are amused, but the teacher sends him outdoors. He waits patiently while the teacher explains that the llama loves Maria because Maria loves the llama.

Note to readers:
•  Read the English part only. If time permits and you are very comfortable reading the Spanish part, you may want to do so during craft/activity time.
•  This is a short book, so you might want to do a picture walk, too.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you ever seen a llama?
•  Do you think the llama on the cover of the book is friendly?


•  llama - a domesticated pack animal of the camel family found in the Andes, valued for its soft woolly fleece.
•  fleece - the woolly covering of a llama, sheep or goat.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you have a pet at home?
•  What favorite thing would you bring to school for show and tell?
•  What wild animal would you like to have as a pet?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a cut-out llama. Draw a big L, cut out, draw a face and paste cotton balls.
•  Make a Father's Day card.
•  Draw a picture of you and your pet or of the wild animal you would like as a pet!
•  Check our craft ideas for June on Pinterest!

*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!