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Ella's Umbrellas Hardcover – Mar 23 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simply Read Books (March 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189747623X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897476239
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 0.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quill & Quire

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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By Reading Nana on April 2 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ella's Umbrellas July 9 2010
By Julie Gandy - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Raindrops keep falling Jan. 3 2012
By Macan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
but they have always loved it and still do Nov. 5 2014
By Tommy & Melanie Hunt - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered this book because my 20 month old twins were/are obsessed with umbrellas. When I initially got the book, I was afraid that it would be too over their heads and too long. We shortened some of the writing to keep their interest, but they have always loved it and still do. We love the graphics, they are not too busy for little ones and one of our favorite activities is looking for the cat that is on each page. Although they are a little too young to fully understand the concepts in the book, it is a beautiful story about sharing and caring.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars Jan. 9 2015
By Hildegard - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A beautiful book, with an interestingly textured cover.