Is Your Mama a Llama?

Title: Is Your Mama a Llama?

Author: Deborah Guarino

Age: preschool, early elementary

Description: A young llama asks many of his animal friends if their mothers are llamas.

• /l/ words (llama, Lloyd, Lynn, seal, etc.)
• Phonological awareness (rhyming)
• Early narrative
• Early prediction
• Animal vocabulary

Why I like this book: The repetitive nature allows for kiddos to help you read, rhyme, and make “guesses” as to who the baby animal’s mother is. The illustrations are awesome too.

Ideas for use:
• Have your /l/ articulation kiddo “read” the book asking each character, “Is your mama a LLAMA?” (sentence level articulation practice)
• Have your students fill in the rhyming word as you’re reading. If they’re struggling with the word, give them the initial sound. (i.e. You don’t need to go on, I think your mama sounds more like a sssww…..(they fill in swan if possible).
• Retell. Have the children recall the different animals that Lloyd runs into. Encourage temporal markers such as “first, next, then, last…”
• Review the animals in the story. Discuss the similarities and differences among the animals (i.e. swan vs. seal, bat vs. kangaroo, etc.)

Submitted by: Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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