The Umbrella

The Umbrella

by Jan Brett

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Overview

A walk through the Costa Rican cloud forest provides a wonderfully lush setting for Jan Brett's beloved animal illustrations. When Carlos drops his umbrella to climb a tree for a better view of the animals, they all cram into the banana-leaf umbrella as it floats by—from the little tree frog to the baby tapir to the big jaguar and more. It gets so crowded in the umbrella that there isn't even enough room for a little hummingbird! So over the umbrella tumbles, everyone falls out, and poor Carlos comes back wondering why he didn't see any animals all day.
In the spirit of Jan Brett's The Mitten and The Hat, this cheerful tale of escalation will have readers poring over every illustration for the world of details Jan packs in. With its classic story, exotic jungle setting, and brilliantly colorful menagerie, The Umbrella is sure to take its place among Jan's many family favorites.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399242151
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/09/2004
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 119,558
Product dimensions: 8.69(w) x 10.69(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile: AD610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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“Carlos makes an umbrella from shiny, green fronds to go into the cloud forest, hoping to see many animals. When the only sounds he hears are the drips from the tall trees, he climbs up a giant fig tree to see better, dropping his umbrella upside down on the ground. As the drips collect inside it, a series of animals tumbles in: Froggy, Toucan, Kinkajou, Baby Tapir, Quetzal, and-finally-Monkey, who tosses the umbrella into the river, where it starts to sink….Indeed, Brett surpasses herself in this handsomely designed and beautifully executed appreciation of so different a setting.”—Kirkus Reviews

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The Umbrella 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JanetB2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Delightful tale of amazon rain forest animals and a banana leaf umbrella.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carlos goes into the cloud forest to look for animals, but he manages to miss seeing them even though they have an adventure with his umbrella.
Brittjj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is good for teaching a spanish unit. it has some simple spanish words in the book. Carlos goes into the jungle with his umbrella. He finds different exotic animals within the jungle such as: a tucan, kinkajou, and a baby tapir. I can connect with this book because it teahes me about different little spanish words.
kdcoshatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a very colorful picture book of a Brazilian Rainforest. All the animals want to ride in the umbrella as it goes floating down the river. You get to see all the different animals that inhabit the rainforest. Children will love the brightly colored illustrations.
kperk12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All of these different animals in the rainforrest all seem to make their way into Carlos' umbrella. He never saw them because he went up in the tree on an animal search. They fall into and start floating down the river as they realize they are slowly sinking.; they decide to jump out and float to shore. Carlos gets his umbrella and decides to head home because he did not find any animals that day ( its because he was not in the right spot because they found his umbrella). He hopes to find them the next day. Good group read for a rainforest unit plan for 2nd-4th grades.
jlowens4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book, "The Umbrella" was a great story. I would read this book to first, second, or third graders. The book began with the little boy Carlos going into the Jungle to see if he could see any animals. He layed is umbrella on the ground and climbed up the tree. Little did he know all the action was at his umbrella. When Calos climbed the tree the noise made the animals come out of the tree. Down at his umbrella was a tree frog, a toucan, a bird, a monkey, and a jaguar. The little boy goes home that day disappointed because he did not get to see any animals. This book would be a great asset to a lesson on the jungle. I think that students woudl reall enjoy the pictures of the animal and see where they live. I think that this book would be a great addition to any teacher's library.
LacyPalmer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy named Carlos who goes into the cloudy rainforest to see lots of animals. It decides to climb up a big tree to get a better view hoping to see all the animals. Meanwhile, he leaves his umbrella behind and all of the animals end up in that while he is trying to find them. Finally, he gets to the top of the tree and cant find any. He then climbs down and gets his umbrella, little does Carlos know that the animals were so close the whole time. There are also a few spanish phrases throughout the story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my little boy and he couldn't understand why Carlos missed seeing all of those animals right under his nose. I explained that 'Carlos was looking too closely.' What a great story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Temper Temper ia a story inside another story. I thought that the children that wrote these plays worked hard but I didnt really think the play was all that exciting.I didnt think it was exciting because it wasnt that funny but there were some parts where I could change my voice to make the part funny but I really dont know