The Elephant's Umbrella

The Elephant's Umbrella
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January 17, 2017
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Elephant is always ready and willing to share her prized possession – a brightly coloured umbrella. But one day whilst Elephant takes a nap, the umbrella is whisked away and goes on an adventure of its own. When the rain comes, Elephant likes to put up her umbrella and invite her friends underneath. One day the umbrella is swept away by the wind and meets the leopard and the bear, who have very different ideas about how to use its shelter: they think only of how the umbrella will make it nicer for them to hunt and eat. The umbrella knows who it’d rather belong to – but will she find Elephant again, in time for the next downpour? This heart-warming tale, full of opportunities for discussion, celebrates how sharing can make you happy.

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lovely illustrations with an overall message of kindness
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THE ELEPHANT'S UMBRELLA is a picture book with great illustrations and a moral of kindness. The elephant has a special umbrella, but one day, the umbrella is taken away by the wind. The umbrella goes to a leopard who wants to keep it. But when the umbrella asks what the leopard would do, the leopard says he would hunt and then eat the animals he catches under it. The umbrella does not want to belong to him and floats away to a bear. The bear says he would take all the bees honey and eat it by himself. The umbrella again does not want to belong to the bear and goes to look for the elephant. When it finds the elephant, it is happy, because the elephant always shares its cover with other animals.

What I loved: The illustrations here are truly lovely with lots of color and cute animals. The idea of the umbrella choosing who it wants to be with is cute. The moral of the story, which is spelled out at the end, is a good one of kindness mattering.

What left me wanting more: For sensitive toddlers/children, the idea of the leopard eating other animals may be difficult to hear. The writing is also a little awkward, but I think this may be due to the translation.

Final verdict: THE ELEPHANT'S UMBRELLA is a picture book with lovely illustrations and an overall message of kindness that will appeal to older readers.
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