Thursday, September 1, 2022

"The Green Umbrella". - a bookwrap



The Green Umbrella

Authored by Jackie AzΓΊa Kramer
Illustrated by Maral Sassouni

πŸ’œA 2017 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

πŸ’œ Mom's Choice Award - Gold

πŸ’œ A 2017 Parents' Choice Silver Honor


* Reading Age:  3-7 ages

* Grade Level:  PS-3

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  NorthSouth Books

* Pub. Date:  October 18, 2022

* ISBN-13:  978-0735845039

* Language:  English


Illustrated in spreads that alternate the rainy-day narrative in vignettes with full-bleed spreads that allow the flight-of-fancy retellings to render a deeper mood, the animals' stories are delightfully descriptive...The lesson about sharing and generosity is elegantly wrapped around lovely language.

– Kirkus Reviews

Debut author Kramer’s imagination-fueled encounter makes good use of fellow newcomer Sassouni’s gift for conjuring up fairy-tale landscapes...And Kramer’s storytelling passages sustain their lofty tone with no off notes—no easy task.

– Publishers Weekly

A sweet story of a blossoming friendship between five lovable and imaginative characters, united by one special green umbrella. I want to jump right in to the lush paintings and join in their fun!

– Lauren Castillo, Author/ Illustrator of Caldecott Honor Book "Nana in the City"

Whimsical and cartoonlike animals, depicted with a touch of vintage style, will delight readers as the story shows all the imaginative ways an umbrella can be used. The brightly colored acrylic illustrations complement the conversational text, which is suitable to read aloud to an audience. 

– Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services, School Library Journal

Here is a story for those who love an object, be it a blanket, a toy, or in this case a green umbrella, so much so that it's very being is imbued with memories that make it unmistakably yours. And a story for those who have lost one such object and wish more than anything to have it back. AzΓΊa Kramer reminds us all that many memories can be shared over a single prized possession. And as Sassouni's art plays in the worlds of joy and longing over a green umbrella, we see a group of characters come together to discover what they can offer another in need. There's no mistaking how easy it is to share this book.

– Matthew Winner, All the Wonders Podcast

The text provides just the right amount of tension and repetition to propel the story forward at a nice pace. Reminiscent of Joan L. Nodset’s classic Who Took the Farmer’s Hat?

– Randall Enos, Booklist

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

This is a delightful story featuring imagination, sharing, friendship and kindness.  Elephant takes a walk under his green umbrella on a rainy day and along his journey he encounters Hedgehog, Cat, Bear and old Rabbit.  They tell him that they have had personal exciting interactions and adventures with his umbrella. Really? 

One claims it is a boat, another a tent, and another a flying machine, just to name a few.  As the animals share their personal stories Elephant listens intently and then invites them to share his umbrella. His kind heart and generosity leads to long lasting friendships with the other animals.  

The artwork with its muted colour pallet is spot on and the intriguing cover draws the reader into the story.  I love how creative, imaginative and entertaining the book is. 

"So, in the shade of the green umbrella, the Elephant, the Hedgehog, the Cat, the Bear, and the old Rabbit shared their stories, drank tea, planned adventures,  and became fast friends." 

I love this gentle, heartwarming book and I highly, highly recommend it. 


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Jackie AzΓΊa Kramer was born in Manhattan, New York. Many lives ago Jackie was an actor, singer, and school counselor. Her work with children presented her with an opportunity to address their concerns, secrets, and hopes through storytelling. Many of Jackie's best ideas happen in a bathtub full of bubbles. Jackie and her family live happily in Long Island, New York. The Green Umbrella is Jackie's first picture book. Visit jackie at

About the Illustrator

Maral Sassouni was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has been an illustrator for more than 20 years. In 2013 she won the SCBWI Portfolio Grand Prize. Her work was selected by the Society of Illustrators in New York (2014), and also honored by the 3x3 Picture Book Show in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

Her art has been exhibited in group shows of children’s illustration all over the world: in SΓ rmede, Italy, for the Immagini della Fantasia exhibit (2011, 2012); in Mexico City, at the Museo Franz Mayer in conjunction with the IBBY Congress of 2014; in South Korea, at the 2013 Nami Island Illustration exhibit. Also in Geneva, at the United Nations Headquarters, and in Brussels, at the European Parliament. 

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