Penguin.com (usa)

The Umbrella

Jan Brett - Author

Jan Brett - Illustrator

Hardcover | $16.99 | add to cart | view cart
ISBN 9780399242151 | 32 pages | 09 Sep 2004 | Putnam Juvenile | 8.74 x 10.62in | 4 - 8 years
Additional Formats:
Summary of The Umbrella Summary of The Umbrella Reviews for The Umbrella An Excerpt from The Umbrella

A tropical companion to Jan Brett's bestseller The Mitten.

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.

“Carlos makes an umbrella from shiny, green fronds to go into the cloud forest, hoping to see many animals. When the only sounds he hears are the drips from the tall trees, he climbs up a giant fig tree to see better, dropping his umbrella upside down on the ground. As the drips collect inside it, a series of animals tumbles in: Froggy, Toucan, Kinkajou, Baby Tapir, Quetzal, and-finally-Monkey, who tosses the umbrella into the river, where it starts to sink….Indeed, Brett surpasses herself in this handsomely designed and beautifully executed appreciation of so different a setting.”—Kirkus Reviews

To keep up-to-date, input your email address, and we will contact you on publication

Please alert me via email when:


The author releases another book