Umbrella (children's book)

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Umbrella by Taro Yashima.jpg
First edition
AuthorTaro Yashima
IllustratorTaro Yashima
Cover artistTaro Yashima
CountryUnited States
GenrePicture book
PublisherViking Press
Publication date
Media typePrint
Pages30 pp

Umbrella by Taro Yashima is a children's picture book that was named the 1959 Caldecott Honor Book.[1] It was originally published in 1958 then later reprinted in August 1977 by Puffin Books.


Umbrella is a short story where a little girl is the principal character. Her name is Momo, which means "peach" in Japanese, and she was born in New York.[2]

Momo carries the blue umbrella and wears the rubber boots that she was given on her third birthday. She asks her mother every day to use her umbrella. Momo tried to tell her mother she needed to carry the umbrella to the school because the sunshine and the wind bothered her eyes. But her mother didn't let her use the umbrella and advises her to wait until the rain comes. The rain took a long time to fall down because it was Indian summer, however, when the rain came, her umbrella was the perfect excuse to use that day. Momo was happy, the rain sound over her umbrella was a music for her. It is a fresh children's story with classic and very colorful Japanese illustrations that reflect its culture.


Kirkus Reviews gave Umbrella a star review and wrote "The pictures are full of the city's moods and the child's joy in a rainy day."[3]


  1. ^ "Umbrella, 1959 Caldecott Honor Book". ALSC: Association for Library Service to Children. American Library Association. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ Anita Silvey (2002). The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 225. ISBN 978-05-4734889-6. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Umbrella". Kirkus Media LLC. 1 March 1958. Retrieved 9 August 2015.