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The Pink Umbrella by Amélie Callot
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The Pink Umbrella (edition 2018)

by Amélie Callot (Author), Genevieve Godbout (Illustrator)

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Member:Critterbee
Title:The Pink Umbrella
Authors:Amélie Callot (Author)
Other authors:Genevieve Godbout (Illustrator)
Info:Tundra Books (2018), 80 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:picture-books, netgalley

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The Pink Umbrella is a beautiful story about a woman named Adele. She runs the cafe in a small village. She is the sun in the village, which is appropriate because she does not like it when it rains. Sometimes, she does not even get out of bed on dismal, gray, rainy days. One day someone leaves her pink boots, then a pink raincoat and finally a pink umbrella to help her deal with the rainy days. The illustrations are wonderfully done, almost like a water wash with muted tones and shades of pink along with other primary colours. The expressions on the character's faces show what they are feeling, especially towards Adele. The story shows how friendship is important and grows with thoughtfulness. The only thing I did not like about this book was the first part. It seemed to take a long time to introduce the characters and the village. This story would not work well with young children, but definitely late primary would enjoy it and understand the message of kindness, thoughtfulness and caring about others and your friends. A good addition to a school or public library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
A super sweat story with lovely illustrations about Adele a cafe owner in a small village. I would hang some of these pages on my walls if I could. Not only are the illustrations beautiful they are very emotive. The story is one of love and caring and helping others overcome the unpleasant things in their lives. There is a subtle romance in the book, one that is charming and true. The kind of romance between two friend you might find in real life. A romance that might go unnoticed by the youngest readers, but will put a smile in the hearts of adult readers.

"For the villagers, the cafe is a refuge, a small lantern always lit... The cafe is the heart of the village.And Adele is the heart of the cafe. She is the village's sun - lively, sweet and sparkling."

I highly recommend this book, and hope to see a trend of books like this. ( )
  Rosenectur | Jun 11, 2018 |
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This is the story of Adele, a woman who owns a cafe in a small town and loves the sunshine. On rainy days she often has trouble getting out of the house. As a mystery person, strongly suspected to be Lucas, the grocer who sets up shop at her cafe on Wednesdays, leaves her boots, a raincoat, and an umbrella in her favorite color, she learns to see the beauty in rainy days.

When I first read the book, I thought that it was intended more for older readers than younger readers, but upon further readings, it will work for both, although each would probably take something totally different away from the book. Where the adult will see budding romance, children will see friendship. Where the more mature reader might see depression, a young reader will just see a dreary day.

The illustrations are quite beautiful. They are very soft, yet still incredibly detailed for those who want to take the time to look. I found the book as a whole to draw me back again, and would recommend it. ( )
  csfoster | Apr 24, 2018 |
'...and Adele is the heart of the cafe. She is the village's sun - lively, sweet and sparkling"

The engaging, lyrical story of Adele, the village's sun, and her dislike of rain. The paintings in this book are gorgeous, and are unique in the ocean of illustrations being published in children's books today.

The story is sweet and romantic, the illustrations soft and lovely, I really loved this book.

This would be a great gift book, one that would be cherished for years.
*eARC Netaglley* ( )
  Critterbee | Apr 16, 2018 |
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Unlike some Early Reviewer books, I've returned to this one many times since it first arrived.

The adjectives practically list themselves: it's hard to discuss this book without naming it charming, lovely, delightful, etc. The illustrations truly make it something special, and the story itself deals gently with common--if complicated-- situations. Adele doesn't want to get out of bed when it rains-- many can relate! And her growing relationship with the grocer who supplies produce and flowers, while certainly an overarching theme, does not turn it into a romance story primarily. In fact, the two are described as friends, though one leaves with the impression that more may transpire-- innocently, of course :)

While large and somewhat long compared to some picture books, this is not intended solely for adults. It is a good example of a picture book that will bridge the interests of adults and children alike.
  theresearcher | Apr 4, 2018 |
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