Maria Had a Little Llama: María Tenía Una Llamita (Bilingual English/Spanish)

by Angela Dominguez (Author) Angela Dominguez (Illustrator)

Maria Had a Little Llama: María Tenía Una Llamita (Bilingual English/Spanish)

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's Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía Una Llamita gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme. Maria and her mischievous little llama will steal your heart.

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Publishers Weekly

The familiar nursery rhyme underpins this peek into the landscape and culture of Peru. Dominguez's (Let's Go, Hugo) gouache-and-ink spreads portray a red-cheeked Maria and a llama with a curiously human face in cultivated mountain fields and a tiled-roofed village. Some spreads show novel combinations of traditional and modern life: Maria wears an Andean hat with earflaps, a heavy cape, and sandals, but her knapsack looks like that of any North American schoolchild. Each line of the rhyme appears with Spanish text below it ("Why does the llama love Maria so?"/Por que la llama le quiere tanto a Maria?"), and even readers unfamiliar with Spanish can probably decode a few nouns and verbs. As a bonus, the pages contain lots of visual information about Peruvian village life--the local market, the school, a traditional band--but Maria's story takes center stage. She's a gentle reminder that you don't have to be an English speaker to be a nursery-rhyme hero. Likely to be of special interest to bilingual families and in elementary school classrooms. Ages 3-7. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Aug.)

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Review quotes

"A fresh and enjoyable reimagining of a traditional children's rhyme." —Kirkus Reviews

"A solid addition to a bilingual storytime program." —BCCB

"This is a scene young children will return to again and again." —The Horn Book

Angela Dominguez
Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City and grew up in the great state of Texas. She now resides on the east coast with her boyfriend, Kyle, and their petite dog, Petunia. She is also the author and illustrator of several books for children and a two-time recipient of Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. Her debut middle grade novel, Stella Díaz Has Something To Say, was a New York Public Library and a Chicago Public Library pick for Best Books for Kids, Sid Fleischman Award winner, and an ALA Notable. She illustrated Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's picture book, Just Help! How to Build a Better World. As a child, she loved reading books and making a mess creating pictures. She's delighted to still be doing both.
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Guided Reading Level
Henry Holt & Company
Publication date
August 20, 2013
Pura Belpre Honor Books - Illustration Honor
BISAC categories
JUV002090 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
JUV030040 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Caribbean & Latin America
Library of Congress categories
Spanish language materials
Stories in rhyme
Llamas as pets
Pura Belpre Award
Honor Book 2014 - 2014
Americas Award for Children & Young Adult Literature
Commended 2014 - 2014

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