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LANA LLAMA by Lori Doody


by Lori Doody ; illustrated by Lori Doody

Pub Date: July 5th, 2022
ISBN: 978-1-927917-81-7
Publisher: Running the Goat

A llama learns that differences can be strengths.

Like the other members of her flock, Lana is wooly and has four legs and a fluffy nub of a tail. However, her legs are much longer, and her neck is taller. Lana is, in fact, a llama amid a flock of sheep. Lana tries everything to blend in. She crouches low, hunches over, and never makes a sound (her bleating sounds “like the barn door on a rainy day: ‘Reeaaa!’ ”). But one day, a dog visits the flock and won’t stop barking. Lana sees how upset her sheep friends are getting and realizes that her height just might turn out to be useful after all. Literally standing up for herself—and her friends—Lana raises up on her spindly legs and the dog flees. Expansive backdrops of a simple blue sky and rolling green fields (with a pop of red for the barn) evoke the leisurely pace of nature. Lana’s big emotions are conveyed through her tiny, delicately drawn frown. This sweet tale of an awkward hero who comes into her own may be especially reassuring to children who have hit growth spurts before their peers. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A fuzzy tale of self-acceptance.

(Picture book. 3-7)