What is it about Llama Llama books that tug at my boys’ hearts like Steel Magnolias?!
When Mo was younger
we he had SEVERE separation anxiety so I researched some good books to help him and discovered “Llama Llama Red Pajama“.
Although it quickly became his favorite book, I will never forget how he cried and cried every time I read it for a few months. He immediately identified with Llama Llama missing his mom while he was in his room for bedtime.
It was a great tool to explain how kids are ok at night even though they don’t see mom. He also learned how Mama always comes back.
But boy, Mo shed crocodile tears as soon as he saw the pic of Little Llama sitting alone in his room missing his Mama.
At 8 years old “Llama Llama Red Pajama” still remains one of his favorite books. He fondly remembers doing the ugly cry reading it with me as a preschooler. (I can’t wait to tell his future Prom date this story.)
While browsing a book fair with Mo, we came across “Llama Llama Misses Mama”, the 3rd installment in the series written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney. He quickly grabbed it and said it was a must have for B.
That night we all snuggled in B’s bed and read it for the first time.
Wouldn’t you know, as soon as Llama Llama got to school and started looking for his Mama, B was shaking and choking back tears. Then he started bawling like he was being disciplined. I looked over at Mo and he tried to smile at me with glassy eyes.
What on Earth does Llama Llama do to my lil sensitive Gemini boys?!
I will admit the illustrations show amazing emotion and the rhythmic rhymes really draw the kids in, but goodness, you would think Dustin Hoffman was reenacting Llama Llama live the way my boys get choked up.
I love the Llama Llama series and how my boys relate to them.
Llama Llama has become an honorary family member in our household. We use him as an example many times when we talk about separation issues or me having to be apart or away from the boys.
Just remind me to never get Mo and B any Nicholas Sparks books. Geez. Lol