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Is Your Mama a Llama is the perfect story to enjoy with your little ones as Mother’s Day approaches this weekend!
Is Your Mama a Llama, written by Deborah Guarino, is a wonderful story that young children will love! It’s illustrated by Steven Kellogg, who illustrated the children’s book The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, which I loved as a child.
Is Your Mama a Llama tells the story of a llama asking different friends if their mama is a llama. Each friend has a response full of hints, leading the llama to guess the identities of their mamas. The responses are full of rhymes that will be helpful for younger children, and the clues given will also help younger children figure out the mystery mamas.
This is a great book for turning into a musical story, or a sound story! If you have never done a sound story before, check out this post on The Napping House. It’s really simple to create a sound story!
How to create a sound story:
- read through the story and discuss what happens
- make a list of the characters in the story
- write down anything else in the story that has a sound (like a doorbell ringing, or the rain falling)
- make note of repeated words or phrases
- gather your instruments (these can be found instruments, like pots and pans, or real instruments)
- assign each character and sound to an instrument
- choose who plays which parts
- read through the story again, adding the sounds at the appropriate times!
You can read through the story as many times as you’d like!
Characters in the story:
Talk about what each animal would sound like, and then choose the instrument that best represents that. For instance, you might use a cow bell for the cow, or choose a drum to hit to imitate the sound of the kangaroo jumping.
Repeated words or phrases:
- “Is your mama a llama?” is repeated throughout the book
When you have a repeated word or phrase, you have the opportunity to make an ostinato! An ostinato in music is a phrase or rhythm that repeats. You could make up a rhythm to play during the phrase “is your mama a llama” or you could make a simple tune to sing every time the llama asks “is your mama a llama”. You could even sing the entire book, if you’d prefer that over adding instruments!
If you have never read the book, I highly recommend it! It’s sweet for younger children, especially, to see the different animals with their mamas. The story is also a great way to review different animals and provides plenty of rhyming practice for children.
Do you have books you like to turn into sound stories? I’d love to hear any ideas you have for the book, too!