The Umbrella

by Beth Ferry

On Sale: 03/21/2023

The Umbrella

by Beth Ferry

illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

On Sale: 03/21/2023


Bank Street Children’s Best Books of the Year

About the Book

From the New York Times bestselling creators behind Stick and Stone comes an inspiring story of persistence, kindness, and curiosity—a perfect read-aloud, rain or shine.

In a dreary town where it always rains, a little girl and her dog discover an unexpected way to spread the light. Told with surprise and humor, here is a story of generosity, perseverance, and the way that happiness can be contagious—all it takes is one person and a bright idea.

This gorgeously illustrated story is a feel-good classic in the making for all bedtimes and story times.

Read more books by the acclaimed duo Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld:

  • Stick and Stone
  • Stick and Stone: Best Friends Forever!
  • Stick and Stone Explore and More
  • Stick and Stone on the Go

Critical Praise

PRAISE FOR THE UMBRELLA: ★ "The exceptional duo behind Stick and Stone are back with another unmissable and upbeat collaboration. Simple and superb—a must-have for any collection."
School Library Journal (starred review)

PRAISE FOR THE UMBRELLA: "Dim days end with a bright romp thanks to magic. This celebration of patience and sharing light will spread delight." — Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE UMBRELLA: "A pleasing pick-me-up story, rain or shine."  — Horn Book Magazine

PRAISE FOR THE SCARECROW: “An emotionally impactful exploration of love and loneliness, this is an essential addition to any picture book collection.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

PRAISE FOR STICK AND STONE: “This warm and tender story of two BFFs is made even more enjoyable by the charming, textured tan and blue illustrations . . . the text, suitable for beginning readers, sweetly expresses what it is to be and to have a good friend.”  — School Library Journal (starred review)

PRAISE FOR SWASHBY AND THE SEA: Telling a story with imagination and wit, Ferry creates a cantankerous but lovable character in Captain Swashby and a mysterious, well-intentioned, mischievous one in the exceptionally satisfying picture book."  — Booklist (starred review)

PRAISE FOR SWASHBY AND THE SEA: "This readaloud is sweetly told as Swashby overcomes his bitter habits to welcome new, friendly, and energetic people into his quiet life....Martinez-Neal’s art captures the essence of the ocean."  — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780358447726
  • ISBN 10: 0358447720
  • Imprint: Clarion Books
  • On Sale: 03/21/2023
  • Pages: 48
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic

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