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It is a rainy day and children are excited to wear raincoats, boots, or at least use an umbrella.  They even love popping umbrellas open indoors to use as a sort of tent, and read books underneath.  Here are two stories about children and their umbrellas:  Umbrella by Taro Yashima (1987), and The Umbrella by Jan Brett (2004).  Jan Brett writes and illustrates the most beautiful books for children, so look for her other titles.

The Umbrella by Taro YashimaUmbrella by Taro Yashima describes how the anticipation of children and how excited they are to receive a new gift such as umbrella, and then can’t wait for it to rain.  This is a link to a free lesson using this story on Read Write Think. The Read Write Think site is by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the International Reading Association (IRA).

The Umbrella by Jan Brett

The Umbrella is similar to the story of The Mitten, as one by one, a tree frog, toucan, kinkajou, baby tapir, quetzal, monkey, and jaguar crowd into an open umbrella until a tiny hummingbird lands and they all fall out.   Children enjoy having little plays where they pretend to be the animals and then all pop out from behind a table or couch, using these stories.

Free Umbrella Theme Short U Printable

I added my picture of a hummingbird as any chance I get to add one of my bird or nature photos, I do so.  Why does Carlos missed seeing all of those animals right under his nose?  See if your child or students can figure out that part of the story.  This is a link to the official author site for Jan Brett, with free coloring pages, book finder, and activities.

Free Umbrella Theme Short U Printable


Happy rainy day reading!  Carolyn