The Umbrella (Hardcover)
March/April 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“The illustrations do a phenomenal job of taking the simple, rhythmic text and lifting it to a whole new level. This fanciful story with a bit of kindness sprinkled in will delight old and young alike!”
— Lorie Barber, Anderson's Bookshops, Naperville, IL
From the New York Times bestselling creators behind Stick and Stone comes an inspiring story of persistence, kindness, and curiosity—a perfect read-aloud, rain or shine.
In a dreary town where it always rains, a little girl and her dog discover an unexpected way to spread the light. Told with surprise and humor, here is a story of generosity, perseverance, and the way that happiness can be contagious—all it takes is one person and a bright idea.
This gorgeously illustrated story is a feel-good classic in the making for all bedtimes and story times.
About the Author
Beth Ferry loves to wander, explore and mainly laze on the shore, but only in the summer. She is the author of several picture books, including Stick and Stone. She lives with her husband and three children by the beach in New Jersey.
TOM LICHTENHELD makes books for children and people who used to be children. His New York Times bestsellers include I Wish You More and Duck!Rabbit!, created with Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, created with Sherri Duskey Rinker, and Stick and Stone, created with Beth Ferry. See all of his books at www.tomlichtenheld.com.
PRAISE FOR THE UMBRELLA: "Dim days end with a bright romp thanks to magic. This celebration of patience and sharing light will spread delight." — Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR THE SCARECROW: “An emotionally impactful exploration of love and loneliness, this is an essential addition to any picture book collection.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
PRAISE FOR STICK AND STONE: “This warm and tender story of two BFFs is made even more enjoyable by the charming, textured tan and blue illustrations . . . the text, suitable for beginning readers, sweetly expresses what it is to be and to have a good friend.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
PRAISE FOR SWASHBY AND THE SEA: Telling a story with imagination and wit, Ferry creates a cantankerous but lovable character in Captain Swashby and a mysterious, well-intentioned, mischievous one in the sea...an exceptionally satisfying picture book." — Booklist (starred review)
PRAISE FOR SWASHBY AND THE SEA: "This readaloud is sweetly told as Swashby overcomes his bitter habits to welcome new, friendly, and energetic people into his quiet life....Martinez-Neal’s art captures the essence of the ocean." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)