The soft shades of green on the cover of this sweet story by Sandy Little are the perfect introduction to the magic waiting inside. A little girl is out with her mother to buy rain boots when she happens upon a green umbrella (and her kind mother buys it for her). So begins the magic of an imagination unleashed in the company of that umbrella.
The illustrations by Tom Lintern were created in soft pastels and are bursting with detail waiting to be explored by young readers. I loved that the narrative was kept separate from the pictures so that nothing distracts from the beauty of each picture.
I loved the idea that the simplest of objects--in this case, an umbrella--can be the gateway to exciting destinations. And as the little girl outgrows its use, another child discovers its charms and is once again off on new adventures. I love that the story includes both a young girl and a young boy so that it will appeal to all children.
I loved how the relationship between the two children isn't fully explained until the end when the forgotten umbrella is put to use again. Such a tender story about the sheltering influence of love and the importance of a childhood full of imagination and adventure! I highly recommend this book to any parent or grandparent (and highly suggest that you gift this book with an accompanying umbrella!).
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of My Little Green Umbrella from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own.