Title: Llama Llama Red Pajama
Author: Anna Dewdney
Illustrator: Anna Dewdney
Publication date: 2005
ISBN number: 0-670-05983-8
Audience: 3 – 5 years
Summary of book: When Little Llama is trying to get to sleep, he decides he’s thirsty. Mama Llama says that she’ll bring him some water soon, but the phone rings. Little Llama lets himself get really scared and upset. Mama Llama comes up to calm him down and reminds him she is always near and loves him a lot.
Literary elements at work in the book (genre, characters, plot, language, illustrations, dialogue, repetitions, etc.): Repetitive rhyming patterns tell the story and the expressiveness of the images, particularly of baby llama, will resonate with young children.
How the book presents gender, race, culture, economic status, abilities/disabilities, age, etc.: There are no human characters in this book.
Theological partners for conversation (may be specific scripture, confessions, doctrines, theologians, etc.): Mark 4:35-40 (Jesus Calms the Storm)
Faith Talk Questions:
- Why does Little Llama get so scared?
- What does Mama Llama tell Little Llama when she gets upstairs?
- In the story in Mark, why are the disciples so scared?
- What does Jesus say to them?
- Describe a time you were really scared. What helped calm you down?
This review was written by Union Presbyterian Seminary student Jessie Smith.
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