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The Green Umbrella Hardcover – January 31, 2017
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PreS-Gr 1—A cast of animals interrupt pink Elephant's walk in the rain with his green umbrella. First Hedgehog insists that Elephant has his boat, in which he has sailed the seas. Hedgehog's boat looks suspiciously like Elephant's green umbrella turned upside down. Elephant assures Hedgehog that his umbrella is not a boat, and invites him to share it and stay dry from the rain. Next comes Cat, who is sure that the green umbrella is his tent, and on to Bear and Rabbit, who both mistake Elephant's green umbrella for their own. Each time, Elephant corrects the misconception and graciously offers his umbrella to keep the newcomer dry. Eventually, the rain stops, and the sun comes out. Elephant and his new friends decide to have a picnic. They use the green umbrella to shade themselves from the sun as they discuss their adventures. Whimsical and cartoonlike animals, depicted with a touch of vintage style, will delight readers as the story shows all the imaginative ways an umbrella can be used. The brightly colored acrylic illustrations complement the conversational text, which is suitable to read aloud to an audience. Unexpected textures in the trees and grass add interest and more whimsy. VERDICT The author and illustrator work well together to deliver a charming tale of sharing, friendship, and adventure. An enjoyable rainy day read-aloud.—Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services
Illustrated in spreads that alternate the rainy-day narrative in vignettes with full-bleed spreads that allow the flight-of-fancy retellings to render a deeper mood, the animals' stories are delightfully descriptive...The lesson about sharing and generosity is elegantly wrapped around lovely language. (Kirkus Reviews)
Debut author Kramer’s imagination-fueled encounter makes good use of fellow newcomer Sassouni’s gift for conjuring up fairy-tale landscapes...And Kramer’s storytelling passages sustain their lofty tone with no off notes—no easy task. (Publishers Weekly)
A sweet story of a blossoming friendship between five lovable and imaginative characters, united by one special green umbrella. I want to jump right in to the lush paintings and join in their fun! (Lauren Castillo, Author/ Illustrator of Caldecott Honor Book "Nana in the City")
Whimsical and cartoonlike animals, depicted with a touch of vintage style, will delight readers as the story shows all the imaginative ways an umbrella can be used. The brightly colored acrylic illustrations complement the conversational text, which is suitable to read aloud to an audience. (Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services School Library Journal)
Here is a story for those who love an object, be it a blanket, a toy, or in this case a green umbrella, so much so that it's very being is imbued with memories that make it unmistakably yours. And a story for those who have lost one such object and wish more than anything to have it back. Azúa Kramer reminds us all that many memories can be shared over a single prized possession. And as Sassouni's art plays in the worlds of joy and longing over a green umbrella, we see a group of characters come together to discover what they can offer another in need. There's no mistaking how easy it is to share this book. (Matthew Winner, All the Wonders Podcast)
The text provides just the right amount of tension and repetition to propel the story forward at a nice pace. Reminiscent of Joan L. Nodset’s classic Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? (Randall Enos Booklist)
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