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The big umbrella

by Bates, Amy June,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Summary
"A subtle, deceptively simple book about inclusion, hospitality, and welcoming the 'other.'" -- Kirkus Reviews

"A boundlessly inclusive spirit...This open-ended picture book creates a natural springboard for discussion." -- Booklist

"This sweet extended metaphor uses an umbrella to demonstrate how kindness and inclusion work...A lovely addition to any library collection, for classroom use or for sharing at home." -- School Library Journal

In the tradition of Alison McGhee's Someday , beloved illustrator Amy June Bates makes her authorial debut alongside her eleven-year-old daughter with this timely and timeless picture book about acceptance.

By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain there is room for everyone underneath. It doesn't matter if you are tall. Or plaid. Or hairy. It doesn't matter how many legs you have.

Don't worry that there won't be enough room under the umbrella. Because there will always be room.

Lush illustrations and simple, lyrical text subtly address themes of inclusion and tolerance in this sweet story that accomplished illustrator Amy June Bates cowrote with her daughter, Juniper, while walking to school together in the rain.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Wearing a yellow slicker and boots on a rainy day, a child carries an open red umbrella down a city street. On each page, a sentence lightly personifies the umbrella: It likes to spread its arms wide. / It loves to give shelter. / It loves to gather people in. More and more folks join the child under its rapidly expanding canopy, until, in the last illustration, the umbrella arches over a park filled with animals and culturally diverse, differently abled people, all enjoying themselves and their surroundings. The appealing watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations work beautifully with the text to tell the story. In contrast to the gray skies, the red umbrella stands out visually, creating a warm, cheerful space for those beneath it. The main attraction of this expansive picture book is neither the plot nor the concept, but the upwelling of a boundlessly inclusive spirit reminiscent of Leodhas and Hogrogian's Caldecott-winning Always Room for One More (1965). Well designed for classroom read-aloud sessions, this open-ended picture book creates a natural springboard for discussion.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Emigration and immigration -- Juvenile fiction.
Umbrellas -- Juvenile fiction.
Toleration -- Juvenile fiction.
Emigration and immigration -- Fiction.
Umbrellas -- Fiction.
Toleration -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First edition.
Contributors Bates, Juniper, author.
Language English
Notes "A Paula Wiseman Book."
Awards Carolyn W. Field Award, 2019
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 25 cm
ISBN 9781534406582
1534406581
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