Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: k to 2
A beautiful book about how the power of friendship can help overcome fears.
One day, Sebastian wakes up to find a little grey raincloud floating above his head. Afraid of getting wet, he carries a big umbrella everywhere he goes. Sure, the umbrella keeps him safe and dry (and ensures he never has to share a seat on the school bus) but it also makes it hard for him to play games, meet new friends and watch his favourite show. Where did the raincloud come from? And, more importantly, will it ever go away?
About the author
Lisa Lebedovich lives in Vancouver, Canada and loves writing, drawing and creating wild-limbed dance routines to impress her daughter Iris. Her fears include bugs that fly into her hair, making exact change at the store when there’s someone waiting behind her, and food from the floor sticking to her socks. Aside from this, she believes that most good things in life come from facing your fears and doing things that scare you a little.
Praise for The Umbrella:
"Highly Recommended. There is a lot of symbolism within this adorable story and its simple, but bright, illustrations. The rain cloud represents something Sebastian is afraid of or something that he feels anxious or worried about. Fear and anxiety can make anyone nervous and lonely and keep them from doing activities that would usually bring joy. Having a different perspective or a friend who is willing to show a little kindness, like the little girl did for Sebastian, can be the best encouragement for overcoming fears and anxious feelings. It is the kindness of the little girl that tells Sebastian there is no rain cloud and, therefore, nothing to fear. The Umbrella is a wonderful book and a great tool for parents and caregivers to use in teaching younger children about friendship and overcoming fears. Young children will enjoy the colourful pictures and the simple, yet memorable, story." — CM: Canadian Review of Materials