Llama Llama Holiday Drama, by Anna Dewdney
(2010, Viking, ISBN 978-0-670-01161-2)
Llama Llama has a hard time being patient on regular days…but holiday waiting is more than he can bear!
Llama Llama’s life is suddenly full of the signs of the season: colorful lights, “jingle music,” and other Christmas and Hanukkah trappings. At school he plays games and makes crafts and finds time going very slowly! As he and his mama go about their holiday preparations, from baking cookies to hanging stockings and decorating a tree, Llama Llama is suddenly overwhelmed by all the fuss and falls to the floor from all the “HOLIDRAMA!” His loving mama picks him up for a calming cuddle and reminds him that:
“Gifts are nice,
but there’s another–
the true gift is
we have each other.”
This book is full of the bright colors and big llama emotions that are typical of the Llama Llama books (and I *do* love little Llama Llama!). There is no explicit mention of Hanukkah or Christmas, but the illustrations include images of Santa, elves, decorated evergreens, dreidels (which are also mentioned by name), menorahs, and braided challah bread. While there isn’t a lot of depth to this book (it IS about a preschool llama who can talk, after all!), it is a fun and fluffy read-aloud that can fit into most December holiday celebrations.
(I recommended the Llama Llama books as a good gift for a preschooler/kindergartener, but I read this book aloud to BoyChild (under 2), and it was the sweetest thing the way he cuddled into me when I read about Llama Llama giving a kiss and getting a hug at the end! Because of the short sentences and the brief text on each page, this book is also perfectly suited to read aloud to toddlers. You can also read this book online at Llama Llama Holiday Drama – Read | We Give Books.)