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Yellow Umbrella by Jae-Soo Liu
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Feb 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: favoriteillustrations, gift-books, picture-books, wordless, visualstorytelling
Read in February, 2011

I spotted this on the "Umbrellas" Goodreads list, which is now one of my favorites. Umbrellas really are a cool shape, and this wordless book follows a group of children walking to school in the city, visible only via their colorful umbrellas from above, contrasted with the blue/gray/lavender of the rainy concrete around them. The accompanying CD, with original music by Dong Il Sheen, makes it even more of an experience, beginning with the sound of rain and continuing into a tinkling piano track. I found myself wanting to turn pages but making myself wait for the small silence that indicated a page turn, thus noticing more details in the paintings, like how the backgrounds aren't fully gray but have spots of color that match the umbrellas. There's a lesson here in slowing down and enjoying even the rain.
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