I was going to read this book to the class I have been teaching over the past couple of weeks, but I really wasn’t sure I could get through it without getting teary. This is a beautiful story for reassuring your children that you are always with them, no matter the distance between you.
The book goes through different scenarios and situations in which a child may feel lonely or lost and each page reminds them that, even in those lonely moments, they are ‘under the love umbrella’.
‘Whatever you fear,
Come close my dear.
You’re tucked in safe for always here.
And I will never not be near,
Holding our love umbrella.’
Why I love it:
I am a huge fan of telling my kids how much I love them – I must say it 20 or 30 times a day! – so a book like this is always going to be a hit with me.
The scenarios listed are really relatable; things like forgetting your hat at school, so you can’t play, or having a bad dream, or a smashed toy. Children reading this will be able to understand the feelings created by the various situations and therefore, they will connect with the whole story.
I would also really recommend this book for a child who has lost a parent. In the class I have been teaching, there is a boy who recently lost his Dad and that is the reason I couldn’t get through reading this without crying. It would, however, be an amazing book for reassuring him (or anyone) that even though you may be apart, the love umbrella is always with you.
The cover and the illustrations (by Allison Colpoys) are absolutely beautiful, too. This is definitely one you will be drawn to.
Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:
- Feeling lost
- Unconditional love
- The idea that our loved ones are always with us, no matter what
Questions to ask your child:
- What do you think this book might be about?
- Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
- Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
- What do you think it means to be ‘under the love umbrella’?
- What is going on in the sky on the front cover?
- How do the children on the cover look?
- What kind of story do you think this is going to be?
- Did you enjoy this book? Why/why not?
- What was your favourite page? Why?
- The last page asks, ‘Who’s under your love umbrella?’ so, who is?
- How many umbrellas can you count throughout the book?
- Have you ever felt the need to be under the love umbrella? What was happening at the time?
- Do you think those we love are always with us, even if we can’t see them?
- Who is someone you think would enjoy this story? Why?
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