On a rainy day,  Elephant walks out with his green umbrella. But along the way, the characters he meets — Hedgehog, Cat, Bear, and Rabbit— have already had fantastic adventures with the umbrella. Can this be true? Things aren’t always what they seem in this tale of imagination, sharing and friendship...



by Jackie Kramer, illustrations by Maral Sassouni
NorthSouth Books / NordSüd Verlag (2017)
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0735842182

A 2017 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.

Mom's Choice Award - Gold

Parents Choice Award - Silver

Crystal Kite 2018 - runner-up

Available in:
English, German, Russian, Chinese, Slovenian and Romanian.


Publishers Weekly: "Kramer’s imagination-fueled encounter makes good use of fellow newcomer Sassouni’s gift for conjuring up fairy-tale landscapes......"

Kirkus:  "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.."

Matthew Winner, All the Wonders "...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."

Lauren Castillo (Caldecott Honor Winner) "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!"