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The Big Umbrella
Contributor(s): Bates, Amy June, Bates, Juniper
ISBN: 1534406581     ISBN-13: 9781534406582
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: February 2018
Annotation: A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Toleration; Fiction.
Emigration and immigration; Fiction.
Umbrellas; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Values & Virtues
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emigration & Immigration
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Prejudice & Racism
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017015622
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.40" H x 8.50" W x 0.35" (0.90 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

PreS-Gr 2—This sweet extended metaphor uses an umbrella to demonstrate how kindness and inclusion work. The big umbrella waits by the door with a smile. "It is a big, friendly umbrella. It likes to help." It's a rainy day and help is welcome, so the umbrella, once opened, provides shelter to all comers. First to its owner, and then to a ballerina, a dog, a skater, a monster…there is no limit to how many can fit under its widespread arms. "Some people worry that there won't be enough room under the big umbrella. But the amazing thing is…there is." Bates's signature sketchy watercolors begin the story on the endpapers with a downpour and heavy, wet clouds. The muted colors of the rainy cityscape give contrast to the smiling red umbrella and the folks it is protecting. Each page is lighter than the one before until the sun is out, and a final spread opens to show just how much room there is. Bates and her young daughter thought up the idea for this story during a rain storm. The message is direct but not didactic, useful in discussion about classroom and family behaviors, community-building and kindness in general, not to mention helpful for discussion about the current political climate. VERDICT A lovely addition to any library collection, for classroom use or for sharing at home.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence

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