Yellow Umbrella

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Publishers Weekly
The acoustic, compelling "plink, plink" of higher note piano keys appropriately sets the mood for paging through Yellow Umbrella (Children's Forecasts, noted Nov. 25), a wordless picture book packaged, and designed to be read with, a classical-style music CD. Originally published in South Korea, the volume is both delicate and handsome, with author/illustrator Jae Soo Liu presenting a high-rise view of colorful umbrellas carried by children on a rainy-day walk to school. The umbrellas (and joyful hues) multiply with each successive spread, until a rainbow of galoshes and bumbershoots approaches the school building. Composer Dong II Sheen gracefully glides between rhythms throughout the 15 tracks (a deep, persistent beat accompanies paintings that include a train, jaunty notes indicate a sprinkle of rain in other scenes), maintaining an overall happy tone. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a wordless outing, a yellow umbrella in the rain is joined by a blue umbrella, then a red one. As they move through city streets, additional umbrellas in varied colors join them one by one. In ever-growing, ever-changing configurations they cross a bridge, pass through a playground, go around a fountain, descend steps, pause at a railway barricade, traverse a crosswalk flanked by waiting cars, and at last arrive at school. The luscious colors of the umbrellas stand out against grayed and misty backgrounds. The legs and feet of the children carrying them are shown only at the beginning and at the end. Accompanying music—a theme and variations—is provided on a compact disk neatly stored in an attached pocket. The single song, sung in Korean, is printed in English at the end along with the music. "Everyone hold up your umbrella / standing underneath the sky. / Everyone—with your umbrella. / Listen to the rain." The disk opens with the sound of falling rain before the delicate piano music begins. A note explains that brief periods of silence let the reader know when to turn the page. The umbrellas seem to move to the music as the reader turns the pages at the appropriate intervals. This lovely and unusual treat will lend itself to multiple readings and interpretations, and inspire classroom activities ranging from art and creative writing to quiet contemplation. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929132362
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 550,231
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    Teaching with music

    Beautiful illustrations, perfect music. The story doesn't need words. My pre-k students asked me to 'read' over and over again. I even played the music during our center time they enjoyed it so much. Would also be great for a music teacher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2004

    Beautiful book for children

    This book is perfect for children who may be learning English. It is a wordless book with beautifully illustrated pictures. The CD has piano accompaniment that match the pictures. Very well done.

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