Umbrella (Picture Puffin Books)

by Tarō Yashima

Paperback, 1986



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Puffin Books (1986), Edition: Reprint, 40 pages


Momo eagerly waits for a rainy day so she can use the red boots and umbrella she received on her third birthday.

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LibraryThing member paroof
Sweet, simple story about a young girl's present of an umbrella. While it does seem a bit dated - mostly because of the (beautiful) illustrations, it really doesn't lose any appeal in my opinion. Both of my boys have enjoyed this book at the pre-school age and I have enjoyed reading it.
LibraryThing member lhamed
Umbrella is a book about a three year old Asian girl named Momo that receives an umbrella and rain boots for her third birthday. She is so excited about her new gift, but it takes forever to rain. When it finally does she uses her umbrella when walking to the nursery. When walking home she walks
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like a grown-up-lady in the busy street. At the end of the story Momo older and does not remember this story.
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LibraryThing member dlow
This is a cute story. The young girl is very sweet and innocent. I'm not sure why the little girl is restricted in wearing her new red boots or using her umbrella. I will assume this is a famly issue, I personally would gladly let my child wear her rainboots any day she wanted, or use her umbrella
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in the sun. I promote free thinking and free spiritism. I do not know if this is a specific cultural dynamic, or just a family dynamic. I would not know how to use this book in the classroom, because I don't agree with the message. I like the pictures of the little girl and the idea that this is a story written by the adult that was once that little girl. Perhaps, if I was teaching autobiography, or story writting, this story would be a good example. Not every story has to teach a moral or value. This story discusses very briefly growing up.
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LibraryThing member Swelker
This book was about a girl named Momo and her umbrella. Momo was not able to use her umbrella because it never rain. Finally, one day it did rain, and Momo was very happy about that. In the end, it tells how Momo is now much older, and she does not remember this story at all. I really loved the
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illustrations in this book. It almost looked like it was drawn with crayons. Emotions were expressed so well too. Dark colors were used for sadness, and bright colors for happiness.
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LibraryThing member ArianaCeras
Its Yomo's birthday and her mom gives her an umbrella and red boots as a gift, and she waits and waits for a rainy day so that she can use them.
Ages: 4 and Up
Source: Pierce College Library
LibraryThing member marainajudd
A child gets an umbrella and then waits for it to rain
Ages 3-4
Source: pierce college library
LibraryThing member locriian
Kind of boring story, really pretty illustrations.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Finally found a copy at WNC. I still can't bring myself to appreciate the style of the illustrations, but the story is just about perfect.

I certainly need my umbrella today! The wind must bother my eyes!"
"The wind might blow your umbrella away. Let's keep it for a rainy day."

'... raindrops were
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jumping all over, like the tiny people dancing.'

'Bon polo
bon polo
ponpolo ponpolo
ponpolo ponpolo
bolo bolo ponpolo
bolo bolo ponpolo
boto boto ponpolo
boto boto ponpolo'

'She did not forget her umbrella when her father came to take her home. She used to forget her mittens or her scarf so easily--but not her umbrella.'

"I must walk straight, like a grown-up lady!"

'Momo is a big girl now, and this is a story she does not remember at all. Does she remember or not, it was... the first day in her life that she walked alone, without holding either her mother's or her father's hand.'"
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LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
Momo can't wait to use the red boots and umbrella she received on her birthday. All she needs now is a rainy day! Soft illustrations portray a thoughtful story about patience and growing independence.
LibraryThing member thornton37814
Story about a Japanese American girl living in New York who waits for a rainy day so she can use her umbrella. Not only is it the first day she gets to use the umbrella, it is also the first day she walks in the city without holding one of her parents' hand. Illustrations in this Caldecott honor
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recipient, while still nice and colorful, do not hold up well to today's standards. The author includes a few Japanese words and their translations for young readers.
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