Title: My Yellow Umbrella | Author and Illustrator: Chris Robertson | Publication Date: October 15, 2013 | Publisher: Xist Publishing | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 2 to 7 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary: It’s a beautiful day for a yellow umbrella!
Bright, retro-inspired illustrations accompany a little girl on her dreamy day with a yellow umbrella.
1. What is the book about? This book is about a girl who loves her yellow umbrella so much that she brings it everywhere even when it’s not raining outside. She dreams about all the possibilities in life with it.
2. What do you think of the book cover and the images inside the book? I liked the pictures a lot. My favorite picture is the one on page 27 because there’s a picture of a flying bed with a dog holding on to the blankets and the blankets are flying off the bed with the dog on it. It’s funny.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book? My favorite part of the book is when she is in her umbrella riding on the water pretending it’s a boat.
4. Was there anything that you didn’t like or that didn’t make sense? There’s one thing I don’t get because it’s not possible in real life: where she is sitting in a maple tree with her yellow umbrella. How do you climb a tree with an umbrella in your hand; and, for sort of a long time, the bottom of the tree has no branches at all.
5. If your umbrella could take you on an adventure, where would you go? I would go around the world and I would visit the koalas in Australia and Hawaii.
6. Overall, what did you think about the book? I really liked the book.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think kids aged 1 to 9 years old would like it; and, mostly girls – especially if they have a yellow umbrella or a dog with yellow spots.
Son Rating: ★★★★½
My Thoughts: Step back into the 1960’s with this delightfully illustrated whimsical tale of a little girl who strolls around with her yellow umbrella in hand and her yellow, polka-dot dog at her side. The sheer happiness of the rosy-cheeked and smiling girl is infectious as she picnics in the park, sings a song, floats down a river, soars across the sky, and slides down a rainbow. In short, this book just makes me want to smile!
I love the old-style feel of the illustrations which feature bold outlines filled with bright colors. On each page, the background is very simple often with white outlines of buildings, bridges, water, or trees overlayed over a simple, kid-friendly color. In the foreground, the girl, her dog, and that wonderful yellow umbrella boldly pop out of the page. The illustrations are so eye-catching and I think young children in particular will be absolutely mesmerized.
I really enjoyed this simple story which centres around what may be the happiest little girl I’ve ever run across. Of course, I would probably be that happy too if I carried around a yellow umbrella. I always tell my kids that yellow is the color of happiness. I even painted my daughter’s nursery in “baby chick yellow”! This book is a celebration of the use of imagination and finding happiness in the simple things in life (e.g., singing a song, sharing a sandwich with a friend, drawing a picture).
My Bottom Line: My Yellow Umbrella is a simple yet delightful story featuring eye-catching and kid-friendly illustrations and an adorable little girl whose happiness is infectious as she strolls around town with her yellow umbrella and her yellow polka-dot dog imagining all kinds of wonderful things. This book is sure to bring a smile to children and adults alike. I highly recommend this book to children aged 2 to 7 years old.
* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. *