The Blue Umbrella

The Blue Umbrella

By Author / Illustrator

Emily Ann Davison, Momoko Abe


Friends and family

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Andersen Press




Paperback / softback




The most magical things can happen even on the rainiest of days...How many people can you fit under one umbrella? It wasn't even meant to rain the day the blue umbrella turned up, but for the people who used it that day, they found something more than just shelter: something truly amazing had happened. A community had come together, bound by kindness and friendship.



The Blue Umbrella is a heartwarming story that highlights the power of compassion and community. It begins with a mysterious umbrella being given to the main character; a young girl. Although the umbrella is small, she offers her mum a space underneath it when raindrops begin to fall. She notices people in the park are getting wet, so she offers a space to them as well. Then more and more people join, and the umbrella magically accommodates everyone. Talking and laughter can be heard underneath the blue umbrella as everyone shares their picnics.

Both my daughter and I really loved this joyful, touching book. As a primary teacher to young children, I plan on reading this story to my class. I think this is perfect book to reinforce many of our Health and Wellbeing lessons including those on friendship and kindness. The illustrations show a diverse range of people including characters in wheelchairs, characters with a range of skin colours and hair types, and characters of all ages. I also love the slightly muted colour scheme and the natural feel of the front cover.

Picture book / Reviewed by Jemma Jeffrey, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 3+


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