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by Johanna Hurwitz

When Adam Fine's mother decides to start a llama-raising business on their Vermont farm, ten-year-old Adam, who only dreams of having a new bike to ride, finds that life is suddenly full of surprises.
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ISBN: 0688133886
ISBN13: 978-0688133887
Category: Children
Subcategory: Growing Up & Facts of Life
Author: Johanna Hurwitz
Language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (September 27, 1994)
Pages: 112 pages
ePUB size: 1827 kb
FB2 size: 1617 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 934
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I was mostly pleased, but one book was dirty with something sticky on the back. A couple of others were more worn that I expected. I cleaned the dirty one and all of the others are okay to give to my students.
I'd purchase again but I'd want to be more clear on the condition of the items.
Product was exactly as described. It did take a very long time to arrive.
Meet Adam, 10, who lives with his mom, dad and little sister April in Vermont and is telling this story. When he is told that a surprise should have arrived by the time he gets home from school, Adam is expecting a new bike. Imagine his surprise when he discovers his mom has bought a llama that she has named Ethan Allen after a troop leader in the Revolutionary War! Just what is she planning to do with Ethan Allen? Hire him out for adventure llama hikes to folks on vacation.

Although a little disappointed that he didn't get his bike, there aren't many folks with llamas so it feels kind of special to Adam. How does the trip to school with Ethan Allen go? Adam's parents have promised that he can have a bike once the llama is paid for. After nine treks, is there enough money yet? Dad reminds him of the price of the llama, its food and the food for the trek picnics. What can Adam do to speed up the process? This story continues to entertain with typical happenings that can occur when you own an animals. Smile at what happens to the birthday cake? Who went with Ethan Allen when he broke down the fence? Learn how to barter at a flea market.

Most importantly though is how Adam treats his parents with great respect and how this young man, so fixed on getting his bike, decides to do something else. He gives up his dream to make life better for another member of their family. This is a truly delightful story and one that all kids should hearken to. It is eight chapters long so great for independent readers or as a read aloud.
A Llama in the Family could have been so much better than it was. The plot twists, and Adam Fine (main character) overcomes selfishness by placing the feelings of Ethan Allen (llama) and his mother above his own wish for a bike.
Nevertheless, it's hard to connect with Adam as a character. Even when April goes missing and he rescues her, it's hard to feel worry or excitement. I didn't really care.
Adam lacks the emotional intensity of a child. Unlike more fully realized books with child narrator/protagonists, A Llama in the Family does not let the reader into Adam's inner world. He comes across as a middle-aged man in a child's body. Even his connection with Ethan Allen seems emotionless.
The setting, use of a llama, and clever trade could have propelled this book into greatness. Instead of having April wander off with E. A., it would have improved the book for E. A. to be lost or in danger, and for Adam to realize how much he cared for him. A few more allusions to Peru or llamas in history could have improved it as well. There should have been an episode in which the llama was used as a pack animal (to retrieve groceries or produce) as an allusion to its historic use. Something to give more of a misty quality to the book. You can't just include an evocative animal such as a llama and then tell a drab prosaic story about a bunch of unimaginative New Englanders.
Of course, that's only my opinion.
I am a third grade teacher and this past year one of my guided reading groups read "A Llama in the Family" by Johanna Hurwitz. We had so much fun reading about Adam and his adventures with Ethan Allen. My students were enthralled with the idea of a llama as a family pet. Johanna Hurwitz was skillful weaving so many fun and meaningful experiences into her story. As a post reading assignment my students had to make pamphlets to advertise a llama trek. What made it special to me is that this summer my husband and I found a bed and breakfast, The Applewood Inn in Virginia, that actually offered llama treks. Needless to say, that was the hook that got us to stay there. We didn't eat blueberry soup on our trek, but we learned so much more about llamas. Pick up a copy of the book, it is so much fun to read and there is much to learn about llamas.
This book tells of a boy who wants a bike but ends up with a llama. He is not very excited about it at first but then he starts to like it. They become good friends. He still wants the bike though. He will do everything he can to get it too. This book could be improved. It was kind of short. If it were longer I think it could have been rated 5 stars. If you want to know what happens... read it for yourself.