The Umbrella (Hardcover)

The Umbrella By Beth Ferry, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Beth Ferry, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
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March/April 2023 Kids Indie Next List

“The illustrations do a phenomenal job of taking the simple, rhythmic text and lifting it to a whole new level. This fanciful story with a bit of kindness sprinkled in will delight old and young alike!”
— Lorie Barber, Anderson's Bookshops, Naperville, IL


From the New York Times bestselling creators behind Stick and Stone comes an inspiring story of persistence, kindness, and curiosity—a perfect read-aloud, rain or shine.

In a dreary town where it always rains, a little girl and her dog discover an unexpected way to spread the light. Told with surprise and humor, here is a story of generosity, perseverance, and the way that happiness can be contagious—all it takes is one person and a bright idea.

This gorgeously illustrated story is a feel-good classic in the making for all bedtimes and story times.

Read more books by the acclaimed duo Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld:

  • Stick and Stone
  • Stick and Stone: Best Friends Forever!
  • Stick and Stone Explore and More
  • Stick and Stone on the Go

About the Author

Beth Ferry is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous picture books, including Stick and Stone, The Scarecrow, and The Nice Dream Truck. She lives with her family by the beach in New Jersey, where she finds inspiration in the salty air.

Tom Lichtenheld makes books for children and people who used to be children. His New York Times bestsellers include I Wish You More and Duck! Rabbit!, created with Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, created with Sherri Duskey Rinker; and Stick and Stone, created with Beth Ferry. See all his books at

Praise For…

PRAISE FOR THE UMBRELLA: ★ "The exceptional duo behind Stick and Stone are back with another unmissable and upbeat collaboration. Simple and superb—a must-have for any collection."
School Library Journal (starred review)

PRAISE FOR THE UMBRELLA: "Dim days end with a bright romp thanks to magic. This celebration of patience and sharing light will spread delight." — Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE UMBRELLA: "A pleasing pick-me-up story, rain or shine."  — Horn Book Magazine

PRAISE FOR THE SCARECROW: “An emotionally impactful exploration of love and loneliness, this is an essential addition to any picture book collection.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

PRAISE FOR STICK AND STONE: “This warm and tender story of two BFFs is made even more enjoyable by the charming, textured tan and blue illustrations . . . the text, suitable for beginning readers, sweetly expresses what it is to be and to have a good friend.”  — School Library Journal (starred review)

PRAISE FOR SWASHBY AND THE SEA: Telling a story with imagination and wit, Ferry creates a cantankerous but lovable character in Captain Swashby and a mysterious, well-intentioned, mischievous one in the exceptionally satisfying picture book."  — Booklist (starred review)

PRAISE FOR SWASHBY AND THE SEA: "This readaloud is sweetly told as Swashby overcomes his bitter habits to welcome new, friendly, and energetic people into his quiet life....Martinez-Neal’s art captures the essence of the ocean."  — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780358447726
ISBN-10: 0358447720
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: March 21st, 2023
Pages: 48
Language: English