The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates

My husband and I visited Cape Cod earlier this summer, and I found the The Brewster Book Store! I loved the shop’s quaintness, friendly and knowledgeable employees, and wonderful collection of children’s book, middle grades, and young adult titles.

I always love supporting local bookstores when I visit new places, so I was so excited to purchase a copy of The Big Umbrella (Simon & Schuster, 2018) by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates. I could not think of a better title to share with you this morning, especially in light of all of the rain we’ve been getting this week!

The best children’s picture books have multiple layers of meaning, and The Big Umbrella is certainly in this category. It is a book about an umbrella, yes. But, more importantly, it is a book about people’s capacity to help others. In very few words (and even on some wordless pages), the authors reveal this important lesson from which children and adult can learn.

There is a calmness to the narrative that invites readers to contemplate the book’s powerful message. The illustrations, done in watercolor, gouache, and pencil, complement beautifully the book’s softness and the umbrella’s boldness. Just beautiful!

An excellent read aloud title to use near the beginning of the school year, The Big Umbrella can help teachers facilitate discussions about classroom community. I am definitely going to recommend this book to my children’s literature students in the fall.

An absolutely wonderful children’s picture book, The Big Umbrella earns five stars! img-thingimg-thingimg-thingimg-thingimg-thing


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