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The Umbrella

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,371 Ratings  ·  158 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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Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Carlos goes int o the jungle to find animals, he brings an umbrella to keep dry from the heavy rains, and quickly miss places it. The jungle animals find it and go on an adventure of their own.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
While her artwork IS great, I admit it's not exactly to my tastes, and I feel like Jan Brett's stories are quite formulaic. I know the Turnip is not EXACTLY the same as this one or the Mitten, or that other one I can't remember at the moment, and neither is the Gingerbread Baby, but enough of her stories are so stinking similar that I really don't care too much for them. I have a somewhat low tolerance for stories that repeat too much (like this one and the mitten and that other one) as well as ...more
Laura (Book Scrounger)
Fairly formulaic, but the illustrations are beautiful, especially the purple hummingbird! This is a great supplement to learning about rainforests.
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
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
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
never put too many animals in one unbrella
My 5 1/2 year-old pulled this off the shelf, attracted to the animals on the cover. I'm a fan of Jan Brett's Hedgie's Surprise and The Mitten, both of which I use for work, so I encouraged him to check this one out so I could read it. I think this one would be good for work as well. It's an amusing story with all of the animals climbing into the umbrella as the child is oblivious, and the cloud forest setting and some of the animals mentioned are somewhat unusual. I also like how Brett's stories ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great intro to Costa Rica!!

Traveling read alouds for our boys on our way to the jungle! Love Jan Brett. Delightful Jan Brett art and story.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: laurie-books, sept-17
Another good book by Jan Brett, although a little different than her normal writings. The pictures were very illustrative and bright.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, fiction, 2017
The kid in this book is completely oblivious. And his parent lets him run rampant in the jungle with only so much as a "good luck." He looks 7 years old! Why is he running around forests with jaguars in it?? Lol!
Jo Oehrlein
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book has all the normal Jan Brett details, including the details in the margin.

It reminds me of her book The Mitten, but instead of climbing into a mitten, all the animals are in/on an upturned umbrella.

The boy in the story, Carlos, goes exploring in the rain forest to see animals. He misses them during his climb, but every animal he hoped to see ends up in his umbrella.
Samantha Hagler
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful illustrations with a derivative story, retelling Brett's more famous The Mitten, but this time in the rain forest of Costa Rica.
Eva Leger
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

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This book is incredibly adorable and captivating. Jan Brett's gorgeous, painstaking illustrations definitely take the story above and beyond.

What I loved about this story was how the illustrations really play against and with the text. Brett designed the pages to not only show what is happening in the text directly on the page but to also hint at what animals will come next in the story as well as what is happening with Carlos as he climbs, when possibly the text isn't mentioning him at all. I t
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Alex Hobart
Book Level: 2.7
Summary - This book is about a boy who travels into the forest to venture and see if he can spot any animals. While on the look up high in a tree, he leaves his umbrella on the ground by the tree and many animals come to the umbrella.
Characteristics that Support the Genre - There are many animals in this book that are not found in other parts of the world, Spanish is spoken in the book, and the setting is specific to certain locations in the world. This book would be lots of new
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Loretta Benenati
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Michelle McBeth
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Michaela Zavala
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Kimberlee Gutterman
This book is great for children ages 5 to 7 who really have an interest in nature and animals. The illustrations in this book are very detailed and they were absolutely amazing. The pictures alone could basically tell the story. However, the animals lapse into Spanish often enough to confuse the readers, since the words and phrases aren't always clearly translated. This could be really bad for the younger readers who don't really have a schema of what types of things that are in the book. One th ...more
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
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
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Meg McGregor
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
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
Kyrie Mendonca
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Early Childhood Teachers and Parents
I love this book! This story is set in the rain forest. Children learn the names of several rain forest animals in this story. The vocabulary is enriched with alliteration, onomatopoeia, and Spanish words with the meaning following in English. This story aides in increasing children's vocabulary. There are so many rich descriptive words that teachers can use this book on several occasions to introduce new vocabulary. The illustrations are vivid with brilliant colors and beautiful rain forest ani ...more
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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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