The Umbrella (Paperback)
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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 he 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.
This is a Costa Rican rain forest version of an earlier Brett work called THE MITTEN, in which a variety of animals in a snowy wood scampered into a mitten. Carlos takes an umbrella made of banana leaves into a lush tropical milieu and drops it on the ground while he climbs a tree. One exotic creature after another finds it and jumps in, including a tapir, a toucan, a quetzal, and a kinkajou. A playful monkey flings the umbrella into the stream before jumping aboard. The merriment abruptly halts when a jaguar hops in, as all the other animals fervently hope that they won't be devoured. Author Jan Brett's spectacularly colorful and detailed paintings of the animals in the wondrous Monteverdi Cloud Forest accompany her text.
"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." 08/02/2004