Gumbrella

Gumbrella

by Barry Root
     
 

Gumbrella loves cute little animals, and she's the "take-charge" type. So when her brother, Trumbull, comes home with a hurt mouse, naturally she starts an animal hospital. Soon the house is filled with sick animals, and Gumbrella couldn't be happier.

There's only one problem. Months later when they are all feeling fine, Gumbrella can't bear to let them go home. …  See more details below

Overview

Gumbrella loves cute little animals, and she's the "take-charge" type. So when her brother, Trumbull, comes home with a hurt mouse, naturally she starts an animal hospital. Soon the house is filled with sick animals, and Gumbrella couldn't be happier.

There's only one problem. Months later when they are all feeling fine, Gumbrella can't bear to let them go home.

In the first book that Barry Root has both written and illustrated, his wry humor captures all the vulnerability behind even the bossiest of big sisters.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Gumbrella is a pachyderm with a purpose, and nothing's going to stop her. When Gumbrella's brother discovers an injured mouse in the forest, she opens an animal hospital, turns Trumbull, her cowed brother, into an ambulance and stocks her sick ward with "squirrels with sniffles, mice with measles, and moles with mumps." Acting as doctor, nurse and entertainment director, the industrious elephant cares for her charges even after they beg to leave ("Go home! What a ridiculous idea!" says Gumbrella). Young stuffed-animal doctors and nurses-in-training will be delighted by Root's (Brave Potatoes) good-intentioned Florence Nightingale wannabe, wonderfully rendered in a cheerful, color-saturated palette. Root cleverly depicts Gumbrella's single-minded altruism with visual winks-in one spread, she dances Isadora Duncan-style for her patients-coupled with a sly voice ("The animals had seen better dancing, but they all sat through it and clapped politely"). The turnaround-is-fair-play ending will also appeal: when Gumbrella grows despondent after her charges escape, they nurse her back to happiness with the same overprotective zeal. The pampered patient's wide-eyed bliss on the last page is proof that helping others has its own rewards. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-An enthusiastic elephant is hard to resist. Gumbrella decides to be nurse, doctor, and hospital administrator when her brother brings her an injured mouse. Realizing she has more to give than one patient can absorb, she appoints Trumbull the ambulance and sends him out to gather more ailing animals. Many small creatures bask in Gumbrella's healing hospitality until completely recovered. However, she refuses to release her charges. When they make a break for freedom, Gumbrella succumbs to a bout of depression. Hearing of her distress, her former patients return the favor and care for her-just the way she cared for them. Root's perky cartoon illustrations in radiant watercolor, gouache, and pastel pencil have a wealth of witty details. Any sister would wish for a brother as helpful and understanding as Trumbull though brothers may not be as eager to have such a headstrong, domineering sister. Most of the text is favorably placed for ease in reading to groups; however, a few pages have a muddy background with black print requiring good light. The expansive spreads are the perfect setting for this effusive guardian. Children will enjoy Root's first endeavor as both illustrator and author.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The tone is light, the pictures are bright—but there�s a hint of Stephen King in this tale of a big sister who loves playing doctor to small injured creatures so much that she won�t let them go when they�re healed. Fond of "helping her fellow animals if she could, especially the cute ones," Gumbrella the elephant dispatches her little brother into the woods to bring back, "squirrels with sniffles, mice with measles, moles with mumps," and anyone else too ill to flee. Soon the house is full of tiny patients, all placed in big hospital beds and heaped with relentless TLC. Months later, weary of having their pleas to be released ignored, the animals at last stage a mass exodus during a spectacular elephantine dance recital. ("The applause sounded different this time, more like wings flapping and feet scurrying.") Nevertheless, they return to smother their disconsolate former captor with the same sort of attention she had given them. Moreover, it looks as though she revels in it. Deadpan expressions and low-key reactions enhance the ambiguity of this veteran illustrator�s faintly offbeat solo debut. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399233470
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/14/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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