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The Umbrella

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  897 ratings  ·  105 reviews
A walk through the Costa Rican cloud forest provides a wonderfully lush setting for Jan Brett's beloved animal illustrations. 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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 9th 2004 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Candice
Jul 06, 2011 Candice rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
A visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica inspired Jan Brett to create this book. It is a beautifully and lushly illustrated version of The Mitten only this time rain forest animals pile into an umbrella. Carlos takes his umbrella into the cloud forest to see if he can spot a jaguar, a monkey, a toucan and a kinkajou. He leaves the umbrella at the bottom of a giant fig tree while he climbs to the top to look for his animals. "Drip, drip, drip. A little puddle appears in the green umbr ...more
Rosa Cline
As in all Jan Brett's books the illustrations are as good if not better than the storyline itself! AND in the corner or a small box somewhere on the page is another story being said in the illustrations in addition to the big illustration.

The author in real life went to the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica she took that experience and transformed it into this child's book that even an adult would enjoy! The "glorious artwork provides a rare look at this mysterious habitat high on a mountai
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Michelle McBeth
This story is the adventure of Carlos who goes off into the jungle with his homemade umbrella hoping to find animals. While he is climbing a tree, the animals he is looking for invade his umbrella.

This is a wonderful glimpse into the world of the Costa Rican jungle. The illustrations are gorgeous and colorful. I love the leaves off to the side that show another mini illustration on the page.

Unfortunately, the text is not very interesting. There is a lot of complaining by the different animals a
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Melanie
Carlos takes his big leaf umbrella out into the Rain Forest Jungle to try to find a tapir, toucan and a kinkajou. But he doesn't find them. As Carlos begins to climb a tree he drops his umbrella upside down on the ground. Froggy leaps down into the umbrella as a puddle begins to fall. Soon toucan, kinkajou, tapir, quetzal, monkey and Jaguar are floating along in the upside down umbrella that has been flung into the river by the frisky monkey. While they are in the river Jaguar decides to hop abo ...more
Courtney Gregory
The Umbrella is written by Jan Brett. This book is about a little boy named Carlos who wants to go deep into the jungle to watch the animals in their habitat. Carlos takes his umbrella with him into the jungle, but has to set it down in order to climb a tree. While the umbrella rests on the jungle floor, all the animals in the jungle come to investigate and explore the umbrella, each claiming it as their own. This story is both funny and ironic. The series of events that occur all involving the ...more
Ina
Like all of Jan Brett's books, the illustrations in this one are absolutely breathtaking. Reminiscent of her "The Mitten," this book is set in the Costa Rican rain forest and have the animals all climbing into an overturned umbrella. The animals are exotic and unusual and include a tapir, kinkajou and and Quetzal. The tree frog uses Spanish words which enhances the rich, exotic feel of this book. I had fun with my audience spotting the animals hiding in the lush rain forest plants and sharing in ...more
Lauren
never put too many animals in one unbrella
Ruth Ann
Set in the rain forest of Costa Rica, a small boy goes on an adventure to see the animals. He lays his umbrella at the foot of a tree so he can get a view from up high. As he climbs, the animals make their home, one-by-one in the umbrella. Like The Mitten, eventually it is too full!

Readers will love the marvelously detailed illustrations and will have fun hunting for the partially hidden creatures.
A great companion book to The Mitten, or a great story to read while exploring the rain forest.
Linda Lipko
The Umbrella is a delightful tale of Carlos who enters the forest, listening to the drip, drip, drip of the rain, he climbs high into the fig tree. Disappointed, because he saw nothing from high above, unfortunately, he did not know of the happenings inside his umbrella down below.

As the drops of rain become a small pool, a frog finds a lovely puddle to rest in, enjoying his alone time, all to soon a Toucan bird nabs a juicy fig as it falls from the tree. Making the umbrella his place to wait un
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Eva Leger
Sep 03, 2010 Eva Leger rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eva by: library
Shelves: julias-books
This is a really cute book for toddlers and it reminds me of The Mitten. It's uncanny exactly how similiar the two books are actually.
The ending in The Umbrella is adorable and the different animals that crowd the frog in the umbrella are not the average animals in most childrens books.
The illustrations are beautiful but not something I can go on too much about. The best part is the story and Julia and I both enjoyed reading this one.

**I just did a search trying to find the book I linked abov
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Connie
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 fores
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Rebecca Jones
In "The Umbrella," Jan Brett takes us on a tour of the Costa Rican cloud forest. We enter the forest with Carlos, who is on an adventure to find some animals. He leaves his umbrella at the bottom of a fig tree so he can climb up for a better view. Little does he know that the forest's animals, beginning with the tree frog, gather in his umbrella and have an adventure of their own while he is gone!

Brett's colorful and vivid illustrations immediately capture the reader's attention. Her three-panel
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Samantha Hagler
Wonderful story, as are all of Jan Brett's books! "The Umbrella" is a fun story about a young boy named Carlos who takes a walk into the rain forest to look for some cool creatures. He drops his umbrella to climb up a giant fig tree and a tiny tree frog hops in. From there, all of the other animals in the rain forest climb in and they end going on a crazy adventure. All of the animals in the story are the ones that Carlos wanted to see so it makes it a bit humorous at the end. Jan Brett illustra ...more
Neccia Sirrine
The Umbrella is about a boy named Carlos that takes his umbrella in the rain forest. The boy reaches the top of a tree and sees no animals because they are all in his umbrella on the ground and goes home saying tomorrow he will see them all. The illustrations in this book are beautiful. The storyline is very simple and it makes it a little boring. One animal jumps in after another and then they all fall out. There isn't much about this book that is unique or super interesting.
Allison
Childrens picture book, fiction

Of the books that I recently read I think this is my favorite one. The colors are bold, the style is a little different than her typical books. This story is about Carlos and his umbrella. Carlos ventures into the rainforest where he hopes to spot some animals. He goes up a tree and leaves his umbrella lying on the ground. This tale is the same as The Mitten where all different animals climb into the umbrella and the smallest one, in this case a hummingbird, lands
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Jill
This is a Jan Brett book and so obviously the illustrations are gorgeous and the story is beautiful and simple without running to the extreme of either description; just right on. My children loved it and their mother did too.

It is a gorgeous story about a boy's walk around the cloud forest near his home in search of animals. They appear - complete with their own personalities - but does he see them?

We basically want to own all Jan Brett creates, is that wrong?
Britni Nichols
I picked this book up at the library one week for Ladybug's homeschooling. I remember reading this book years back and loving the vibrant illustrations. When I looked at the book again, I was really able to appreciate the work that went into it. I really do think the illustrations are my favorite part of this beautiful book.

Now, on the to writing...the story itself is cute and engaging. Carlos ventures out into the rain forest in search of many little critters. As he climbs a tree, he leaves his
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Neil
Notes:Jan Brett does a great job in both writing and illustrating the book, The Umbrella.

Book Review:Carlos decides to go into the rainforest with his umbrella to see some of the inhabitants of the rainforest. Once Carlos gets into the rainforest he decides to drop his umbrellaclimb a tree to get a better view and to see animals. However, as soon as he drops his umbrella and climbs the tree, the animals begin to land or go into his umbrella. The animals get crowded in the umbrella and it begins
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Aubrie Mcneal
The Umbrella takes place in the rainforest of Costa Rico. The illustrations clearly identify the habitat along with the biotic and abiotic elements. The story is about a boy who loses his umbrella and the animals make it their home. As a teacher I would use an assortment of Jan Brett's stories to illustrate habitats around the world. I could also use this book for sequencing.
Loretta Benenati
Copyright 2004
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Jan Brett's remarkable illustrations are back! She uses a picture book format to show life in the Monteverde Rain Forest in Costa Rica. Carlos is a little boy who climbs a tree in the rain forest to look for animals. In order to climb the tree, he must drop his umbrella. While he is on lookout, his umbrella becomes home to many of the local animals until it becomes overfilled and they all come tumbling out, at which point Carlos returns, disappointed that there seemed
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Michaela Zavala
Growing up, I always loved Jan Brett's books, the illustration and story line always entertained. My first time reading this book was today, and it is very similar to Jan Brett's other book "The Mitten". It is pretty much the same exact thing except this story takes place in the rain forest. I like this story anyways because of the art. The illustrations are beautiful, they are bright and full of color. The illustrations have a way of enticing the reader and adding more to the story. One special ...more
Fibersian
Another Jan Brett story in the tradition of The Mitten and The Hat. Animals cram into a little boys umbrella until it is bursting.

As with all of her books - lovely illustrations that help tell the story. As she continues to write she is adding multi-cultural stories to her repitoire. This one takes place in Costa Rica.
Morgan Echtenkamp
Jan Brett's beautiful story, The Umbrella, tells the story of a young boy, Carlos, and his animal friends. This is a great cross cultural book, with Brett's beautiful illustrations. My favorite part was the baby Tapir that climbs into the umbrella. This is a fun book!
Cordellya Smith
The illustrations in this book are the most amazing part. The story is really about a punch of animals playing in an umbrella. My daughter that it was hilarious that the little boy never figured out the animals in the forest were really all around him.
Alison Durbin
This book was just okay for me, but the more I read books from Jan Brett, the more I appreciate what she has to offer. Her illustrations are simply amazing, and this book is no different. I also liked how the illustrations on the right side of the page hint to what animal is coming next in the umbrella (which could be fun for younger readers). I will continue to read more of her books, but this one just wasn't one of my favorites of hers.
Ms Threlkeld
A simple story about rain forest animals piling into an umbrella made of leaves. The illustrations are vibrant and kids will be introduced to a number of animals they probably don't know about.
Chelsea Kimmey
This story has an interesting twist on learning about the type of animals that live in the rainforest. The pictures aid reading in the corner by making predictions for what is coming head
Savannah Shields
This book was a little different. The story is about a boy who takes his umbrella into the forest while he walks and looks for different kinds of animals that he likes. When he sets his umbrella down to climb a tree for a better look, all the animals he is looking for, all find and climb into his umbrella on the ground. In the end, the umbrella turns over in the river from too many animals being in it and all the animals run away just as soon as the boy comes back down from the top of the tree. ...more
Chelsea Marie
Brett captures Costa Rica's rainforest and wild life very richly. I loved the deep set pigments and greenery.
Meg McGregor
A walk through the Costa Rican cloud forest provides a wonderfully lush setting for Jan Brett's beloved animal illustrations.

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
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With over thirty three million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I reme
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