The umbrella

by Brett, Jan, 1949-

Format: Book on CD 2005
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Audiobook J ACD-151
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Audiobook
Call Number  J ACD-151
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Audio Books j CD KIT BRETT Jan
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Audio Books
Call Number  j CD KIT BRETT Jan
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "PreS-Gr. 2. In Brett's newest picture book, inspired by a recent trip to the Monteverde cloud forest in Costa Rica, young Carlos sets out in search of exotic animals that live among the thick vines and tropical foliage. He takes along a green umbrella, which he sets down at the base of a tree before climbing up for a better view. While Carlos scans the sea of green, hoping to spot a few cloud-forest friends, a menagerie gathers inside his umbrella, right under his nose--a humorous reversal of the adage about not seeing the forest for the trees. Brett's characteristically lush paintings portray all the misty, mystical details of a rare tropical habitat and its unfamiliar critters, including a bawling baby tapir, a sleepy kinkajou, a hungry toucan, and a brilliantly plumaged quetzal. The basic Spanish phrases punctuating the dialogue, such as \xc1 Vete! (go away) and Buena suerte (good luck) , are easily understood through context, and lend authenticity to a story with a deeply rooted sense of place. --Terry Glover Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Inspired by the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica (according to the jacket flap), Brett's watercolor and gouache art grabs the spotlight in this tale of young Carlos, who carries an umbrella made of giant lush leaves into the forest. He sets it down in order to climb the branches of a fig tree, hoping to catch sight of certain creatures from a higher elevation. Ironically, in a cumulative plot reminiscent of The Mitten, the critters he aims to spy among them a toucan, kinkajou, tapir, monkey and jaguar accumulate inside his umbrella below. Brett depicts the main action in a wide horizontal scene on each spread, while leaf-shaped side panels reveal the boy scaling the tree, and preview the next animal to drop into the umbrella. Brett's vivid details the markings of the tapir's fur, the contrasting reds and greens of the quetzal's feathers bring the exotic creatures to life. After the monkey flings the umbrella into the river and climbs aboard, the jaguar jumps onto it and the other animals think, "Just don't eat us up!" A dramatic aerial view shows the group floating down river; what rocks the boat is a tiny hummingbird, which alights upon the umbrella handle. The creatures reach the riverbank just as the boy abandons his treetop perch, wondering where all the animals are. The author sprinkles this amiable, smoothly recounted tale with Spanish words. Yet more memorable than her narrative are Brett's paintings an eye-pleasing introduction to exquisite rainforest residents and vegetation. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Rain forest animals -- Fiction.
Umbrellas -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Spoken Arts,2005
Contributors Proventud, Kaluska.
Zimmerman, Bruce (Bruce Howard)
Participants/Performers Narrated by Kaluska Proventud, music by Bruce Zimmerman.
Language English
Notes Book published by G.P. Putnams's Sons, c2004.
Compact disc.
Description 1 audio disc (approximately 8 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (unpaged : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm)
ISBN 0399242155 (bk.)
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