The Green Umbrella
Illustrated by: Maral Sassouni
Published by: North South Inc 2017
Ages: 4 – 8 years
Theme: Imagination, Friendship, Sharing, Adventure
Opening Lines: One rainy day an Elephant was taking a walk with his green umbrella. Along came a Hedgehog.
Synopsis: From Amazon – When Elephant takes a peaceful walk with his green umbrella, he’s interrupted by Hedgehog, Cat, Bear, and Rabbit—all claiming that they’ve had exciting adventures with his umbrella. After all, it is an umbrella, and it certainly hasn’t been on any adventures more exciting than a walk in the rain. Or has it?
Why I like this: I don’t just like it. I love this gorgeous story, a debut between Jackie and Maral of imagination, sharing and friendship. Firstly the cover is gorgeous and I first giggled thinking the elephant was flying with his green umbrella. With colourful illustrations of animals with such cute expressions, there is a magical feel right down to the “Mary Poppin-like” umbrella in the umbrella stand. Jackie uses imagination to the max as Elephant comes across Hedgehog, Cat, Bear, and Rabbit on his walk with his umbrella. Each tries to explain that the umbrella is theirs and the adventures they have had with his umbrella. But Elephant is not so easily fooled. Things aren’t always what they seem in this charming tale and fun read aloud.
Resources/Findings: Here is a beautiful animated trailer of the book…. https://vimeo.com/198642637
Jackie’s website – learn more about Jackie and The Green Umbrella… https://www.jackieazuakramer.com/new-page-c18i6
It wasn’t till I was about to post this on my blog that I remembered where I had first seen this story and the lovely Q and A with the author. Oh well I couldn’t resist reviewing it too… Here she chats with Joanna on Miss Marple’s Musings… http://joannamarple.com/2017/02/07/q-a-with-jackie-azua-kramer-and-maral-sassouni/
Great video on making paper elephants… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t-c5w3ux2U
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