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Kindness is a magical thing, and in this gentle picture book kindness comes from somewhere unexpected. When a seemingly ordinary blue umbrella is offered to provide shelter from the rain, it grows to accommodate anyone in need.
It was not supposed to rain on the day that a small blue umbrella showed up on the little girl’s doorstep with a note saying “For you.” But she decided to take it along just in case. And despite the odds, it did rain. Seeing that her mom was getting soaked, the girl invites her to come under the umbrella too. At first it seemed like they couldn’t possibly both fit, but then something magical happened…
The umbrella grew. So they offered shelter to more and more neighbors. What should have been a tight squeeze was instead enough room for everyone.
This story is a true celebration of kindness and sharing, with poignant words from Emily Ann Davison and charming illustrations from Momoko Abe, and is sure to become a favorite for young readers.
About the Author
Emily Ann Davison worked with young children for many years before she finally fulfilled her childhood dream and began writing. When she isn’t writing picture books, she can be found playing the piano or at her local primary school, where she helps with reading. Emily lives in Kent, UK, with her daughter and husband.
Momoko Abe is a self-taught illustrator based in London. She grew up in Japan and moved to the UK to study filmmaking. She still works in the TV and film industry, while also pursuing her passion for children’s books. Momoko was shortlisted for the World Illustration Award in 2019.
“While the idea of a magical umbrella isn’t new, it’s nicely carried out in Davison’s buoyant narrative, where the girl tells how her umbrella drew strangers together, creating a happy community of friends.” —Booklist
“An accessible approach to inclusion, sharing, and community building.” —Kirkus Reviews