31. “llama llama misses mama” by Anna Dewdney

It is summer and vacation, yet somehow most of my sunny pool and park chats with other moms always transform into school conversations. “Does your son go to preschool? Which one?” That’s how it would usually start and then basically wouldn’t end. As a result I keep thinking more and more about this new period in motherhood: the school years. My little baby boy will be a legitimate  preschooler in two months. I am going to bring him to the preschool three times per week, leave him there for a few hours, hoping he would have a great time, and then pick him up with a hug and a little “Have you had fun today?” I can’t wait for his excitedly rendered stories. But, before we get there… How is he going to transition from the time with his mom to the time without his mom? He stays gladly with his sitter, but he is at home, with only one new person. How about a new class and a new teacher and a new place at once?

Reading “llama llama misses mama” is a little preparation we do towards short and painless parting.

Little llama’s first day at school was far from exciting. Everything was new, strange and overwhelming. Toys did not seem to entertain, he was not in the mood for a story and snacks didn’t taste good. It was a wild new world without mama llama. Until a breakthrough moment: a little pep talk by other children, after which little llama joined the group activities and had so much fun playing. At the end of a day, he realized that “he loves his mama and school too.”

And my son loves the book. The story flows so effortlessly and the sunny bright pictures are so delightful, that we just keep turning pages. We both appreciate the light tone, humor and simple, yet not forced rhymes. Although school is still an abstract concept for my son, Anna Dewdney’s story wonderfully bridges the idea to my future preschooler. And it helps me to get used to the fact that instead of a toddler, there lives  a big boy under my roof!  I fully recommend this book to any student-to-be and their parents. We all need some coaching, don’t we?


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