Sunday, March 23, 2014

"Maria Had a Little Llama, Maria Tenia una Llamita" by Angela Dominguez

My daughter traveled to Peru last summer.  This funny picture is a result of her grabbing a llama that was nearby and yanking his neck and head over to where she was standing in order to get the photo.  Ha Ha 
The first two books below have had lots of reviews, but the last one about Maria is newer, published in 2013.  In this bilingual version of the classic rhyme, Maria takes her llama to school one day.  Hmmmmmm,  I bet you know what happens.  The fun part is learning the rhyme in Spanish and also learning it by singing it.  (It's easier that way.)  The "sketchy style" artwork fits the culture, complete with traditional clothing, water colored mountain hillsides and un pueblito... (a small village).  If you want to,  teach your students the difference between llamas and vicunas.  You'll have to look that one up!!! :)
Amazon says:
Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know Maria?
      With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish retellings, Angela Dominguez gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme. Maria and her mischievous little llama will steal your heart.

This llama doesn't look too thrilled about being photographed.  What do you think?  Ever since her trip to Peru, I have been looking for books about the country and mostly about llamas.  I gave my daughter the first one for Christmas, which she loved.  It's one of my favorites.  So far I have come up with these three, plus a couple of other companion books to Llama, Llama Red Pajama.  Does anyone know of any others about Peru or Llamas???

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