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The Big Umbrella
ISBN: 9781534406582
Author: Bates, Amy June/ Bates, Juniper
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman
Published: February 2018
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $11.51
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Values & Virtues
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Emigration & Immigration
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017015622
Lexile Measure: 370
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.35" H x 35.00" L x 8.50" W
Bargain Category: Early Elementary, Picture Books, Social Issues
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Bates, Juniper: - Juniper Bates was in sixth grade when she and her mom, Amy June Bates, came up with the idea for The Big Umbrella while sharing an umbrella in a rainstorm. Juniper loves music, skiing, books, and puddles she can jump in. Juniper lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with their family and dog, Rosebud.Bates, Amy June: - Amy June Bates has illustrated books including the Sam the Man series; Sweet Dreams and That's What I'd Do, both by singer-songwriter Jewel; and Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children. Visit her online at AmyJBates.com.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring)
Although it begins small, a "big, friendly" red umbrella fantastically expands to protect and comfort everyone--big and small, human and not--during a city rainstorm. "There is always room." This low-key, simply told story about kindness and acceptance is an effective allegory for our times. Kids will enjoy identifying the sets of legs under the umbrella in the watercolor, pencil, and gouache illustrations. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
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

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.