Recently, I got the chance to read My Yellow Umbrella by Chris Robertson with my youngest daughter. It is the story of an imaginative little girl who has all kinds of amazing plans for her yellow umbrella.
It’s her perfect plaything — it’s not this or that, it’s just exactly what she needs. It’s a story, though short, that is very captivating for both parents and young children.
The words flow poetically making it a very calming story. The illustrations are beautifully done in bright yet soothing colors. I really like reading this one at bedtime because of its calming effect on my preschooler. It’s the kind of story they can just drift off to sleep while you’re reading.
Do you remember your first umbrella as a child? My oldest went through half a dozen pink and purple umbrellas when she was about 4 or 5 years old. She took them everywhere and did everything with them, much like this little girl. When my son was 3, he got his first umbrella — it was a giant frog. He could not wait to use it, even when it wasn’t raining. He begged to take it to school on cloudy days.
If you read My Yellow Umbrella to your children, don’t be surprised if the first thing they do is ask for a yellow umbrella. When the story was over my little girl turned to me and said, “Mommy, can I get a yellow umbrella, too?”
To get your copy, check out it out at Amazon. It’s available as a paperback or my new personal favorite, eBook.
Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.