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Llama Llama’s Real Life Mama

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Our collection of Llama Llama books, and our Llama Llama!

I don’t know about your kids, but mine have their favorite authors. Our oldest is reading chapter books now, and is into the Frozen books, Nancy Clancy, and Magic Treehouse series. Little Tallman keeps borrowing the same book from the school library: Piggy Pie. It’s pretty funny. And Tiny Tallman is into Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and the Llama Llama books. Our middle one used to be really into the Llama Llama books, too. They are just really special books- relevant themes, lilting rhythms, and great illustrations. Anna Dewdney, the author/illustrator (doubly impressive talent!), passed away a few months ago. I remember being devastated that she had passed; the Llama Llama series is so special! Now there would be no more, and that is so sad. Dewdney was only in her 40s when she died, and it’s just so sad, she should have had so much more life ahead of her, and we all should have had the opportunity to enjoy many more of her artistic output!

Every time I read her books to Tiny Tallman, I think of Dewdney and I feel a little sad. One night, I was waiting for him to fall asleep, and I got thinking about her books and the elements within them. They follow a certain formula, a brilliant formula, which is what makes them modern day classics in early childhood literature.

Then I started writing.

And about 10 minutes later, I had written a poem in tribute of Llama Llama and his “Real Life Mama,” Anna Dewdney. I hope you enjoy!


Llama llama’s Real Life Mama

Bedtime stories every night,
Brush and read and kiss goodnight.

We found a special story book
About a llama and here’s the hook-

The stories were relevant, simple and sweet,
Instant classics; what a feat.

We hold these books in high esteem,
As Seuss, Munsch, and Berenstain.

Little Tallman loved them so,
We knew our collection had to grow.

The rhymes and words so smoothly flow,
The plots and characters, we love them so.

From llama and his red pajamas,
To llama getting mad at mama!

He went to school and learned to share,
He learned that -sometimes- life isn’t fair.

Tiny Tallman, now is 2,
At bedtime, this is what we do:

We read the adventures of llama llama,
Nelly gnu, and llama dramas!

I think it’s clever the climax draws
Illustration only, the words take pause!

Llama’s signature flow from this
Llama-emergency! …but end in bliss.

The resolutions hit us right in the feels,
With common childhood woes it deals.

This family is so sorry you lost your Anna,
We only knew her as THE llama mama.

Her creative mind is second to none,
We lost her too early, she wasn’t done.

As strangers, we can offer nothing much,
Other than to tell you we loved her books so much.

The gift that she has given to us
Is more than entertainment fuss.

She has helped us teach our kids to know
How to let our feelings show.

And maybe, even more than that,
We got a moment where we sat-

We sat together with a book
But we had two different things we took.

Into a book, our child read;
Where llama mama looked instead-

Was this fleeting moment of together time,
It goes so fast, this life does fly.

So thank you, Anna, we owe you lots.
To the Dewdneys, you’re in our thoughts.

I will end with this last quote,
(I have memorized what she wrote!)

“Mama llama’s always near,
Even when she’s not right here.”

(last couplet is taken from Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney)

Sincerely yours,

(The Shortest Tallman)

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  • Sandei December 16, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Love this…thanks for sharing.

    • theshortesttallman December 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      I’m glad you liked it! <3


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