The Pink Umbrella – Amelie Callot and Genevieve Godbout

 The Pink Umbrella – Amelie Callot and Genevieve Godbout, Tundra Books, (9781101919231), 2018

Format: Hardcover picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

What did you like about the book? Adele runs a little café in a tiny village. Everyone is a regular and Adele loves them all. The flower seller, Lucas, brings her flowers to choose for her tables and vegetables to create meals. The only thing that upsets Adele is rain. Rain depresses her so much that she closes the café and crawls into bed, staying there until the sun returns. One day as she is closing the shop, she finds someone has left a pair of pink rain boots – that fit her perfectly. No one claims them. A pink raincoat that also fits her perfectly – and then – a pink polka-dotted umbrella follow this. She cannot resist trying out this rain outfit discovering that she really does like the rain. Finding Lucas stuck out in the rain, she knows he is the one who has given her the gifts. The pink-filled colored pencil illustrations are so delicate and so very emotionally sweet.

Anything you did not like about this book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a good choice to read to a child having a bad day, about finding something good in the day, about the value of friendship.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? For the beauty and sweetness of the story, yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 1/21/2018

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