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The Umbrella

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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 Putnam Juvenile (first published 2004)
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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
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
never put too many animals in one unbrella
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
Neil Hopfer
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...more
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

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...more
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
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.
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 Einheuser
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...more
Cayla Lile
The Umbrella is about life in the Monteverde Rain Forest in Costa Rica. It follows a young boy named Carlos who goes in search of the exotic animals that inhabit the rain forest. When Carlos climbs a tree and drops his umbrella, it becomes home to many of the animals that Carlos is looking for. The illustrations are beautifully done and capture the essence of the story. This book would be great to incorporate into a multicultural lesson to introduce exotic animals, the spanish language and what...more
Anita Da Silva
Caldecott Award winning book The Umbrella written by Jan Brett is an informationl book for children. This is an excellent book to give the early childhood reader information about some of the danimals that live in the rain forest of Costa Rica. The children also learn that a little boy who has made an umbrella out of large leaves becomes a type of boat for these animals until too many get in and it tips over taking them back to the shore. The pictures just add to the story as the children learn...more
Jan Brett never winning a Caldecott is just ridiculous. This book will amaze you with her superb drawings of the rainforest chock full of details that she learned from her own hands-on research. Brett's illustrations never tell just one dimension of the story....the center panel always illustrates her text, but her other panels tell the side stories going on at the same time. It's really wonderful to read with all ages PK-3rd grade - and when you point out details such as the side panel previewi...more
Cute book and story, illustrations are great. A boy named Carlos goes on a journey to find exotic animals but totally miss it towards the end. As he climbs the tree ..the animals jump into his giant umbrella he sets at the bottom near the tree. I like how the author used a different language. I think introducing the wonders of the rainforest and another language to the students would be fun. Students will learn new words. I think using this book to create a play for young children would be fun,...more
Ages 4-8, Penguin Group Publishing

Jan Brett creates depth in picture books for even very young readers with her extensive research and collaborative activities. Besides introducing Costa Rican rainforest animals and Spanish phrases in "The Umbrella," her website offers a Readers' Theater script with eight characters and an instructional video for drawing a toucan. The book's content lends itself to cross curricular activities; educators have developed lesson plans about predicting and sequencin...more
Dana Pressnell
Rainforest version of The Mitten
As usual, Jan Brett does a fabulous job of supporting story sequencing with beautiful illustrations! While studying the Amazon rain forest, I read this to the entire class to bridge comprehension between picture clues and plot sequence. Later, I referred to this story during "writer's workshop" to encourage their sequencing while planning their writing. For most children, the previous reading made a remarkable difference in story sequence comprehension, effectively plotting a beginning, middle,...more
Jenny H.
Beautiful illustrations!
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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...more
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