Why this book?
This book deals with inclusivity in a heartfelt way. I love how this book uses simple language to get across a big message. The story shows how there is always room for everyone under the big umbrella. In other words, you can think of your heart as a big umbrella that can find room for everyone—no matter how different they might be from you. The story is highlighted with loose, watercolor illustrations that complement the feel of the book. It’s hard to give character to an inanimate object, but the artist is very successful in this book, using a simple expression on the umbrella when it is opened.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
“A subtle, deceptively simple book about inclusion, hospitality, and welcoming the ‘other.’” —Kirkus Reviews
“A boundlessly inclusive spirit...This open-ended picture book creates a natural springboard for discussion.” —Booklist
“This sweet extended metaphor uses an umbrella to demonstrate how kindness and inclusion work...A lovely addition to any library collection, for classroom use or for sharing at home.” —School Library Journal
In the tradition of Alison McGhee’s Someday, beloved illustrator Amy June Bates makes her authorial debut alongside her eleven-year-old daughter with this timely and timeless picture book about acceptance.
By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is…