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My Yellow Umbrella by Chris Robertson Bookjump and Review

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Today I am honored and thrilled to be able to review yet another amazing book by author/illustrator Chris Robertson. My Yellow Umbrella is a sweet story about a little girl who takes her beloved umbrella wherever she goes and how her umbrella takes her to amazing places.


With the help of her yellow umbrella, she floats down a daydreaming and windy river,  flies over a chocolate factory and slides down a vibrant rainbow. Her adventures prove you don’t need rain to have fun with an umbrella.

My Yellow Umbrella

This story especially touches my heart because it is dedicated to the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Chris uses his incredible talent and skills as a storyteller to share with us the lesson that children find joy in the smallest things and it’s the simple things in life that matter.

My Yellow Umbrella

Chris Robertson is an author/illustrator of Children’s Picture Books. His most recent book is “My Yellow Umbrella. “Chris’s other books include “I’ll Trade My Peanut-Butter Sandwich“, “Little Miss Liberty“, “Kit and Kaboodle“, and “The Tooth That’s on the Loose!” Chris’s whimsical cartoon style feels light-hearted and carefree which seems to perfectly match his humorous writing style.

Something To Do:

“It’s the simple things that matter.” Based on the simplicity and joy of My Yellow Umbrella, here are some super simple activities you can share as a family.

Have an Indoor Picnic:

Picnicking doesn’t have to end just because temps have turned cold. Gather up your favorite big blanket, spread it out on the floor and have a good ‘ol fashioned picnic right in your living room. Hoosier Homemade has a delightful post on Winter Blue Indoor Picnics.

Winter Blues Indoor Picnic


Melted Crayon Art:

It is the color of a crayon so bright, it fills my mind with daffodils and canaries…” Create your own melted crayon garden with this fun tutorial from Life of a Craft Momma.

melted Crayon flowers

Or just make some colorful melted crayon coloring disks like this simple idea from Feathers & Sunshine.

Crayon Disks

 Cloud Identification:

“It’s not raining, cloudy or even a bit overcast. It is the perfect day for my yellow umbrella….”  Use this great template and guide from the Techy Teacher to do a little “cloud inspecting” and identification.


 Go Sleuthing:

Would you like to create an afternoon of sleuthing, mysteries and mysterious adventures? Grab a copy of our FREE Secret Codes, Mysteries and Adventure downloadable PDF Activity Guide! This guide is 19 pages of fun including activities like Creating and Deciphering Invisible Messages, baking “I Spy” Cookies and learn more about the US President who was a master decoder! Click the image below to get your free copy!


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