When Noot is finally allowed to paint umbrellas like the other women and girls in her village, she secretly hopes that she might be chosen as this year's Umbrella Queen. Carefully, she creates serene flowers and butterflies exactly as she has seen her mother and grandmother do for years.
But soon her imagination takes over, and Noot finds herself straying from the old patterns, to the dismay of her family, who depend on the traditionally painted umbrellas for their livelihood.
Her parents tell her she must go back to the old designs and Noot obeys, knowing that the King is coming soon to name the one who has painted the most beautiful umbrella. After all, the King would never choose a queen who breaks from tradition . . . would he?
About the Author
Shirin Yim Bridges is an award-winning author and the founder of Goosebottom Books. She lives in Foster City, California. Visit her website at www.goosebottombooks.com.
Taeeun Yoo has illustrated many books for young readers, including "So Many Days" and "Only A Witch Can Fly", both by Alison McGhee. Her first picture book, "The Little Red Fish", was awarded the Society of Illustrators' 2007 Founders Award. Her most recent, "Here Is the Baby", was a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book. Taeeun studied Korean brush painting at Hong Ik University in South Korea and attended graduate school in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She divides her time between Seoul and New York City. Visit her at TaeeunYoo.com.