Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Where can an umbrella take you? If you're like this little dog, it can take you on an incredible journey: past giraffes and elephants, over forests and rain forests and oceans, north, south, east and west. Where can The Umbrella take you? On an international picture book experience that doesn't come around very often.

Wordless books are wonderful for a number of reasons, especially because children and families can make up their own narratives. I love how the pictures in The Umbrella tell a story without filling in all the dots. There are perfect opportunities for children to answer 'how did...?' or 'what did...?' This book is perfect for sparking the imagination. The one picture I was uneasy about, showing a hut-living tribe throwing wooden spears at the dog/the umbrella, was thankfully shown at a distance. I don't think that this picture ruins the overall effect, but I wonder if it will make the book seem dated rather than timeless. Overall, though, this is a very strong book that deserves to be discovered by readers of all ages.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Like People by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert
The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na
The Umbrella by Jan Brett
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Wave by Suzy Lee

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