Feathered Quill Book Award
Red Ribbon from the Wishing Shelf Awards 2018
A story about perspective. A panda called Pearl and her animal friends (in different shapes and sizes including a tiny mouse, a figure skating elephant and a swanky giraffe) try to uncover the bigger picture behind a mysterious umbrella floating innocently on a lake. Their view is obstructed so they decide to stand on top of each other in an attempt to see further. Each level the animals look out from presents a different picture, and the story builds up to a hilarious finale, with the final reveal being outrageously different from what the animals could ever imagine. A key theme of the story is not to judge or take what you see at face value – there could, after all, be more than meets the eye.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
The Floating Umbrella by Yoanne Ho is an adorable story that focuses on how each one perceives things they see in front of them. Each animal in the story sees a different thing while looking over the fence, and the message conveyed to young readers is excellent: good or bad, right or wrong, everything depends on how you see it. The illustrations are lively and colorful and they bring the story alive for readers with vivid characterizations that give the animals in the story an individuality and distinct personality each. Storybooks like this with a good concept and message are excellent for children to read and understand. It is an appealing bedtime story book and can be used in classrooms for interactive and fun sessions to help children understand how each one’s perception can differ from the other.