By Carrie Kingsley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Rain turns into wonder in a lovely, uplifting picture book.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Sight word practice and good rhyming for reading aloud.
Be curious and persevere -- you never know what fun and happiness you'll find.
Positive Role Models
The girl went out with her dog and wanted to have fun even though it was a dreary day.
The main character appears to be White. People in the crowd scenes are diverse, with various ages, skin tones, and hair textures represented. Some are wheelchair users.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beth Ferry's delightfully illustrated The Umbrella is about taking chances, being open to wonder, and overlooking obstacles to focus on opportunities for happiness. With bouncy rhythm and vocabulary great for young readers working on sight words, a young girl takes her dog for a walk in the dreary rain only to let her curiosity and perseverance lead her to a new adventure in a surprising place. The illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site) are friendly and engaging, and the colors brighten with the mood of the girl and the weather. The book is dedicated to beloved children's book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose yellow umbrella was a symbol of her outlook on life.
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What's the Story?
In THE UMBRELLA, a young girl is surrounded by dreary weather, gray buildings, and people moping around in the gloom. But her dog needs a daily walk, so out she goes, even in the rain. She takes shelter in a shop, gets curious about what's inside, and finds something that changes her mood and transforms the town with brightness.
Is It Any Good?
The combination of simple words and friendly illustrations welcomes young readers in to a world that encourages them to persevere through hard times and be open to optimism and adventure. The Umbrella is a great reminder to get up off the couch when things feel gloomy, and that the mere act of putting one foot in front of the other can change your outlook. The colors and characters' expressions delightfully set the mood in this wonderful read-aloud, and it's full of great sight words for emerging readers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what experiences have turned out differently than they started out, like the girl's walk in The Umbrella. What has started out a little gray and then turned bright?
How can you help someone else when things look gloomy?
What other books have you read that make you optimistic?
- Author: Beth Ferry
- Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Perseverance
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Clarion Books
- Publication date: March 21, 2023
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 48
- Available on: Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: March 23, 2023
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