The Green Umbrella
by Jackie Azua Kramer, illustrated by Maral Sassouni
North South Books, 2017
A lovely friendship story with structure, repetition, and an introduction to lots of fun things about the world.
On a rainy day, Hedgehog said to Elephant, with a green umbrella, “I believe you have my boat.” Elephant disagrees, but offers to share it with Hedgehog. Then Cat says, “I believe you have my tent.” Again, elephant disagrees, but offers to share it with Cat. Following the structure similar to Jan Brett’s “The Mitten”, the story goes on. What makes the story interesting is what each animal does with their green umbrella. Hedgehog, among other things, watches dolphins leap two by two; Cat studies plants and flowers in wooded forests. Following each animal, young readers are introduced to all kinds of different things done by each animal. When it stops raining, Elephants closes the umbrella and starts to go on his way, but they all call out. Soon this eclectic group of animals all become friends. A fun read for family.