The Umbrella, with its delightful story and exquisite paintings of a lush tropical settings, perfectly complements Jan Brett’s most popular picture book, The Mitten, set in snowy woods where furry animals crawl into a boy’s mitten.
Jan visited the Monteverdi Cloud Forest in Costa Rica and was beguiled by it, “Just like Carlos, the boy in my story.” she says. “The swirling mist and dappled sunshine challenge the visitor. Birds and animals appear and disappear as if seen through a kaleidoscope. The shape and coloring of a creature often mimic the leafy world it lives in. One of the most rewarding sights is the resplendent quetzal with its long tail resembling the trailing vines hanging from its perch.”
Jan Brett’s glorious artwork provides a rare look at this mysterious habitat high on a mountain.