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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Pearl the Panda was on her way to play. It was a hot day and as she skipped by the lake she saw her friend Mike squinting through a fence. She walked up to Mike and peered through a hole and saw an umbrella floating in the sky. The sky was filled with stars. Pearl the Panda was surprised to see stars when it was afternoon and wondered where the moon was. Mike then jumped on Pearl and looked. He saw more umbrellas floating. It did not make any sense to them. Pat the Pony was passing by and they called her to see if there was anything more than what met their eyes. Read the story to find out what Pat and the others who came by saw.
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.