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First edition
Author Taro Yashima
Illustrator Taro Yashima
Cover artist Taro Yashima
Country United States
Language English
Genre Picture book
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 30 pp
OCLC 5772634

Umbrella by Taro Yashima is a children's picture book that was named the 1959 Caldecott Honor Book. 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.

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.

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