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Ella's Umbrellas [Hardcover]

Jennifer Lloyd , Ashley Spires
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Book Description

March 23 2010
Ella has every umbrella under the rainbow: spotted, striped, aquamarine, even jellybean green. They fill up the entire house. Aunt Stella from Katmandu is coming to visit and Ella's mom demands Ella get rid of her umbrellas. But Ella wants to keep her precious possessions. Will Ella realize that opening up one's heart during a downpour is more important -- and more gratifying -- than opening up an umbrella? Brought to life through rhythmic text and watercolour illustrations, this is the perfect book to cheer anyone up on a drizzly day. * Canadian Toy Testing Council Award, 2011 * Shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes, 2010 * Winner of an Alcuin Award, 2010

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Ella has an enviable collection of umbrellas. They are colourful and speckled, sparkly and spotty, and she treasures every one. Her favourite, however, is the one that is “robin’s egg blue,” a gift from “kind Aunt Stella from far-off Kathmandu.” She is understandably excited about Aunt Stella’s imminent arrival. There’s just one problem: Ella’s umbrellas are everywhere! Much to Ella’s chagrin, her mother insists she get
rid of them.

Ella’s first attempts at clearing out her collection are comically feeble. After all, it’s not easy giving away your favourite things, so why try too hard? Then the rain begins to fall, and Ella finds a way to provide shelter for a drenched passerby. This happens a few more times until, slowly, Ella recognizes that her resentment and regret have given way to a strangely good feeling deep inside. Can it be that giving away her umbrellas feels better than keeping them to herself? 

Ella’s Umbrellas is an enchanting combination of Jennifer Lloyd’s playful, alliterative text and Ashley Spires’ quirky watercolours. Both provide knowing, gentle humour and contribute to the story’s sweet conclusion.

A kindergarten teacher by day in Blainville, Quebec, Lloyd understands the way in which children cling to their possessions and find it difficult to share. Her text is light and rhythmic, setting just the right tone for reading aloud.

Meanwhile, Spires, the B.C.-based author and illustrator of Binky the Space Cat and Penguin and the Cupcake, brings her characteristic wit to Ella’s story. Her illustrations breathe life and energy into every scene. Little details add interest: Ella’s cat pops up in several scenes, while the ubiquitous umbrellas provide numerous opportunities for younger readers to count aloud.

About the Author

Jennifer Lloyd is a kindergarten teacher in Blainville, Quebec. She is the author of One Winter Night and Looking for Loons. Ashley Spires is an acclaimed illustrator of over five books including The Red Shoes and Penguin and the Cupcake. Ashley currently lives in Saskatchewan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful April 2 2011
My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter loves this book. The language rhymes, the illustrations are charming, and the message is sweet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ella's Umbrellas July 9 2010
By Julie Gandy - Published on Amazon.com
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The illustrations in this book are fabulous! The story line is fun, it sends a great message about sharing and it is perfect for all litte girls. I loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raindrops keep falling Jan. 3 2012
By Macan - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent children's book filled with colorful illustrations and rhythmic text. Poor little Ella has a houseful of umbrellas and her Mom has told her to start getting rid of them because her dear aunt is coming for a visit. It is very difficult for Ella to start parting with them, as most children can relate to. However, once she gets going, she finds that it gives her a wonderful feeling and she receives a delightful reward for it all. The book teaches little ones about sharing and making decisions that aren't easy to do. Great book for kids about 3 to 7 years old.
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