The Umbrella

by Jan Brett

Paperback, 2005

Status

Available

Local notes

E Bre

Publication

Scholastic (2005), 32 pages

Description

Carlos goes into the cloud forest to look for animals, but he manages to miss seeing them even though they have an adventure with his umbrella.

Original publication date

2002

Physical description

32 p.; 10.1 inches

ISBN

0439803160 / 9780439803168

Barcode

2165

User reviews

LibraryThing member mlcraft
This book is a glimpse at the life lived in a rainforest in Costa Rica where the birds come and go due to the conditions. The illustrations are darkly colored giving the reader a sense for the rain and atmosphere.
LibraryThing member JDHensley
This story was about Carlos who takes his green umbrella into the forest to find some animals. He leaves his umbrella on the ground and climbs the tree to see better. While he's in the tree all the animals he's looking for get inside his umbrella. When Carlos climbs down he doesn't realize there were animals right below him and says he didn't see any animals today. This story was set in a tropical forest. There is a good description of the forest and the type of animals who live there. This story teaches children about the different types of animals in the tropical rain forest.… (more)
LibraryThing member mdkladke
This is a good book to read to children so they know that all these animals exist. Jan Brett captures every moment with her wonderful pictures. This book is also good for children because it has a little bit of Spanish in it, so children can experience another language while they are reading.
LibraryThing member kperk12
All of these different animals in the rainforrest all seem to make their way into Carlos' umbrella. He never saw them because he went up in the tree on an animal search. They fall into and start floating down the river as they realize they are slowly sinking.; they decide to jump out and float to shore. Carlos gets his umbrella and decides to head home because he did not find any animals that day ( its because he was not in the right spot because they found his umbrella). He hopes to find them the next day. Good group read for a rainforest unit plan for 2nd-4th grades.… (more)
LibraryThing member jlowens4
The book, "The Umbrella" was a great story. I would read this book to first, second, or third graders. The book began with the little boy Carlos going into the Jungle to see if he could see any animals. He layed is umbrella on the ground and climbed up the tree. Little did he know all the action was at his umbrella. When Calos climbed the tree the noise made the animals come out of the tree. Down at his umbrella was a tree frog, a toucan, a bird, a monkey, and a jaguar. The little boy goes home that day disappointed because he did not get to see any animals. This book would be a great asset to a lesson on the jungle. I think that students woudl reall enjoy the pictures of the animal and see where they live. I think that this book would be a great addition to any teacher's library.… (more)
LibraryThing member soccergirlbhd
When Carlos drops his umbrella to climb a tree for a better view of the animals, they all cram into the banana-leaf umbrella as it floats by--from the little tree frog to the baby tapir to the big jaguar and more. It gets so crowded in the umbrella that there isn't even enough room for a little hummingbird! So over the umbrella tumbles, everyone falls out, and poor Carlos comes back wondering why he didn't see any animals all day.… (more)
LibraryThing member srfox
Carlos is the main character in the story The Umbrella. It tells of the boy Carlos and his adventure into the forest. He brings an umbrella to keep dry and is excited to see all the different animals. When climbing into a tree, he leaves his umbrella at the base of the tree. There, all different kinds of animals jump into the umbrella, and it surprises Carlos when he comes down from the tree.… (more)
LibraryThing member gmashley
The Unbrella is a story about a boy named Carlos who goes into the forest looking to see many different animals. He brings his umbrella and leaves it at the bottom of the tree while he searches for animals. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the tree, the animals are all playing in his umbrella. Carlos goes home never noticing the animals that were in his umbrella all along.… (more)
LibraryThing member kdcoshatt
This book is a very colorful picture book of a Brazilian Rainforest. All the animals want to ride in the umbrella as it goes floating down the river. You get to see all the different animals that inhabit the rainforest. Children will love the brightly colored illustrations.
LibraryThing member LacyPalmer
This book is about a boy named Carlos who goes into the cloudy rainforest to see lots of animals. It decides to climb up a big tree to get a better view hoping to see all the animals. Meanwhile, he leaves his umbrella behind and all of the animals end up in that while he is trying to find them. Finally, he gets to the top of the tree and cant find any. He then climbs down and gets his umbrella, little does Carlos know that the animals were so close the whole time. There are also a few spanish phrases throughout the story.… (more)
LibraryThing member csteadman
In the Umbrella, Carols set off to the forest one day with his umbrella to find teh animals living in the forest. He climbs up a tree to spot the animlas leaving his umbrella on the ground. Soon a tree frog plops into Carols' umbrella and eventually many other animals follow after. This story was a great story to read. The illustrations were very colorful and it even had some Spanish words throughout the story.… (more)
LibraryThing member esharden
This book involves a boy named Carlos who takes an adventure with his green umbrella into the cloudy rainforest. His intentions were to see a variety of animals that he mentioned throughout the story. When he entered the rainforest, he sat his umbrella down and climbed to the top of the tree to get a better view of the animals because all he could see was a tiny tree frog. While he was up in the tree, all of the animals he wanted to see ended up in his umbrella. However, it got so heavy that it gave in and the animals scurried and the umbrella went under water, came back to surface, and floated ashore. By the time Carlos got down from the tree, the animals weren't in the umbrella anymore. He never knew that he was that close to the animals all along.… (more)
LibraryThing member meallen1
This book was about a little boy who walks into the rainforrest trying to fing animals, and while he was looking around he sets his umbrella down and then a bunch of the animals climb into his umbrella, they started floating down the river and then a hummingbird came and sat on it and then the umbrella tipped over and all of the animals fell out. So the boy never saw any of that happening, so he went home sad because he didnt see any of the animals he wanted to.… (more)
LibraryThing member ssdaffron
This book is about a boy that decides to go out and take an adventure looking for animals and searching for them. The main point of the story was that while he was in the rainforest, he climbed to the top of a tall tree to seek a better view of animals and it was then that he noticed that all the animals were under his umbrella that he had sat down by the tree in order to climb. Carlos wasn't aware of the distance between him and the wild animals in the end.… (more)
LibraryThing member kba13
The author describes a young boy named Carlos who walks into the forest looking for adventure and fun. When he climbs up the tree to look for the animals in the forest, all of the animals run to his umbrella and hide, making him believe that there were no animals in the forest. This book would be good for bilingual students, who are advanced in English and Spanish.… (more)
LibraryThing member vxz001
This story is about a boy name Carlos who decides to got the forest hoping to spot a toucan, kinkajou, tapir, quetzal, monkey and more. To get a better view he decides to climb up a fig tree dropping down his leaf umbrella. While he is climbing the tree all the creatures make themselves at home in his umbrella. Carlos returns home disappointed thinking that there were no animals in the forest that day. Little he knew that all animals were gathered in his umbrella while he was climbing the tree.… (more)
LibraryThing member hmz001
This story is about a boy name Carlos who decides to got the forest hoping to spot a toucan, kinkajou, tapir, quetzal, monkey and more. To get a better view he decides to climb up a fig tree dropping down his leaf umbrella. While he is climbing the tree all the creatures make themselves at home in his umbrella. Carlos returns home disappointed thinking that there were no animals in the forest that day. Little he knew that all animals were gathered in his umbrella while he was climbing the tree… (more)
LibraryThing member conuly
This is basically The Mitten, but in the rain forest. And instead of just randomly exploring, the boy is looking for animals - the same animals that are all crowding into his umbrella! As in The Mitten, the animals gradually get bigger and bigger until they're packed as tight as they can, and then it's a little teeny animal that ruins the whole thing.

This is a pretty solid addition to your library if you liked The Mitten (Brett's version, that is), or if you want more books set in the rain forest.

However, I found the story a bit lacking (we know our main character can't find any animals because they're all hanging out in his umbrella - but really, there's only ONE quetzal, only ONE kinkajou in the whole forest?) and the dialog somewhat stilted. If you have to choose between this one and The Mitten - or any other Brett work - I'd go with the other one.

Also, some people dislike The Mitten because they perceive the bigger animals as bullying the smaller ones. There's absolutely more of that in this book, and not just implied. (However, that was cut from the board book version of The Mitten, and may not be in the board book version of The Umbrella.) If this sort of thing concerns you, you should absolutely read this book before you buy it.
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LibraryThing member saw022
In this retelling of her book "The Mitten", Jan Brett introduces readers to a new set of animals that all try to fit into the leaf umbrella found first by a little tree frog. This book includes loveable characters, humor, and a few Spanish words that are sure to make it a hit with chidlren as they wait to find out what will happen whe nthe umbrella is full.… (more)
LibraryThing member kag026
Carlos goes into the rainforest with his umbrella.He sets his umbrella down and climbs a tree to see animals. All kinds of animals climb into his umbrella while he is gone. The animals put the umbrella into the river and start floating.Finally it gets too heavyand sinks, so the animals jump out. Carlos climbs down from the tree, disappointed because he didn't see any animals. When he gets his umbrella back, only the frog is left. Carlos is happy with the frog.… (more)
LibraryThing member EYskollari
This story is about a little boy named Carlos who went to the cloud forest to look for some animals. He went to climb up a tree and left his umbrella. All the animals he was looking for ended up in his umbrella, until he Jaguar jumped in and it couldn't hold them all, which lead them to all get out. When Carlos came down the tree he was bummed that he didn't see any of the animals. Little did he know all the animals he was looking for had been in his umbrella.… (more)
LibraryThing member CLDoyle
Appropriate grade level for this book would be 5th grade to 7th grade. This book hasn't received any awards. This book gives us a glimpse of the life in the Monteverde Rainforest in Costa Rica where animals and birds appear and disappear. This story is about a boy named Carlos who drops his umbrella to climb a tree for a better view of the animals; they all crammed into the banana leaf umbrella as it floats by. It gets so crowded in the umbrella that the umbrella tumbles over and they all fall out, and Carlos doesn't understand why he didn't see any animals all day. Uses in the classroom for this book would be for each student to pick their favorite rainforest animal and do a little bit of research on it including what type of animal, what type of forest climate they live in and what they eat.… (more)
LibraryThing member SJoachim
Little Carlos sets out with his umbrella into the rainforest in search of some animals. He sets down the umbrella to climb up the tree in order to get a better view. Little does he know all of the animals are piling up inside his umbrella. The plot of this story is similar to that of The Mitten. Children will love the brightly colored illustrations and all of the animals. A great book to use when teaching about the rainforest.… (more)
LibraryThing member Brittjj
This book is good for teaching a spanish unit. it has some simple spanish words in the book. Carlos goes into the jungle with his umbrella. He finds different exotic animals within the jungle such as: a tucan, kinkajou, and a baby tapir. I can connect with this book because it teahes me about different little spanish words.
LibraryThing member DanielleHuslinger91
Jan Brett gives us a glimpse of the life in the Monteverde Rainforest in Costa Rica where animals and birds appear and disappear, especially the resplendent quetzal with his tail plumes. This would be a good book for a lesson about what animals live in Costa Rica. You could read the book to the students, and then compare and contrast the animals that live in Costa Rica and what animals live in our country.… (more)

Pages

32

Rating

(109 ratings; 3.9)
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