Yellow Umbrella by Jae-Soo Liu

Yellow Umbrella

The perfect book for a rainy day, but also for an art lesson, a lazy afternoon, or a quiet classroom. Accompanied by a CD of original and evocative piano music, this is a book meant to be enjoyed by all people, connecting us through music and art and transcending language and cultural barriers. Readers, “lookers”, and listeners of all ages will love this slice of a rainy day.

This elegant wordless picture book is visually STUNNING. Each spread offers a bird’s eye view of a grey and gloomy day, as readers look down on a collection of colourful umbrellas that grows and grows with the addition of each new umbrella. We watch as the group of umbrellas makes its way through the city, spreading colour and joy everywhere it goes. Eventually, we discover that the wielders of the umbrellas are children making their merry way to school.

There really isn’t much more to the story, if indeed you can really call it a story – children walk through the city in the rain carrying colourful umbrellas. But the visuals are so lovely and so inviting that it really doesn’t feel like there’s anything missing, and the accompanying CD is absolutely magical, adding such life and dimension to the imagery. The piano music captures the essence of each spread, from the merry tinkling of raindrops to the rhythmic rolling of a passing train. The idea of pairing imagery with music is brilliant, and works beautifully here.

Yellow Umbrella is a beautifully soothing book filled with cheerful colours that really does make you feel happier just by looking at it! Perfectly suited to our seemingly never-ending rainy season here on the very wet coast.

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