TKB’s word cloud critique: the picture above is a word cloud created from the words in LLAMA LLAMA HOME WITH MAMA, by Anna Dewdney. (Viking, $17.99, ages 3 to 5.)
Click on the word cloud to see the top word frequencies within the story.
In earlier books, the author, Anna Dewdney, portrays Baby Llama as a little kid who throws a tantrum when things don’t go his way. In “Llama llama Home with Mama,” Llama llama gives up drama. Even though “llama’s head is feeling hot [and] Llama’s throat is hurting lots;” Llama does not complain.
After lunch, Mama Llama starts to sneeze and “uh oh Mama’s throat is sore being sick is such a bore.” Instead of wining, Llama llama knows what he needs to do to help his Mama. He takes care of his Mama by bringing her tissues, a pillow, and books to read.
Dewdney ends the story by highlighting the love between Mama and Llama llama. She writes “Llama llama sick at home but with his Mama.” In this book, little Llama is growing up, and he is now able to show his Mama that he loves her by taking care of her.