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Llama Llama and the Bully Goat



Last updated Friday, September 11, 2015

Author: Anna Dewdney
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 0670013951
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Sep. 2015

Synopsis: Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn't sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again? Taking on a difficult but important part of children's lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way. (Amazon)

Note to readers:
•  LLama Llama is a popular series. This book addresses the sensitive subject of bullying with just the right dose of guidance and fun for young children. It may be a good opportunity to discuss bullying issues, if you choose.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you ever seen a llama or a billy goat?
•  On the cover, which one is the llama? the billy goat?
•  Does it look like Llama Llama and the Bully Goat are friends?

Vocabulary

•  llama - a South American animal that has a long neck and is related to the camel
•  bellow - the sound a bull makes ; bray - the cry of a donkey; bleat - the sound of a sheep or goat
•  bully / bullied - someone who frightens, hurts, or threatens smaller or weaker people
•  pout - To exhibit displeasure or disappointment; sulk.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What does Gilroy the goat do that is not nice?
•  What do the other students do about Gilroy's behavior?
•  What can you do if a bully bothers you? (answer in the book is to walk away and tell someone)
•  is it better to be a friend than a bully?

Craft ideas:
•  Make an "alphabet" llama or billy goat. Cut out an L-shape for the body; 2 small P-shapes for the hoofs; 1 Y-shape for the hands; 1 B-shape for the head. For a llama, make a V-shape for the ears and for a billy goat, make a C-shape for the horns and an I-shape for the ears. Attach the letters to the L. Draw the face and color the body or add yarn or cotton to cover the body.
•  Draw a picture of your favorite part of the school day.
•  Make a sandbox. Glue 4 craft sticks in the shape of a box and add drawings of toys, kids or animals playing in the sandbox.

Special activities:
•  Discuss favorite parts of the school day - math, story-time, drawing, recess, singing, and other activities.
•  Play a "LLama, LLama, Goat" version of Duck, Duck, Goose.

*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!