The Umbrella

A beautiful book about how the power of friendship can help overcome fears.

One day, Sebastian wakes up to find a little grey raincloud floating above his head. Afraid of getting wet, he carries a big umbrella everywhere he goes. Sure, the umbrella keeps him safe and dry (and ensures he never has to share a seat on the school bus) but it also makes it hard for him to play games, meet new friends and watch his favourite show. Where did the raincloud come from? And, more importantly, will it ever go away?

Additional information


4 to 8


9.25" X 9.75"


9781772290523 (hardcover), 9781772290691 (e-book)





Reviews & Awards

Highly Recommended. There is a lot of symbolism within this adorable story and its simple, but bright, illustrations. The rain cloud represents something Sebastian is afraid of or something that he feels anxious or worried about. Fear and anxiety can make anyone nervous and lonely and keep them from doing activities that would usually bring joy. Having a different perspective or a friend who is willing to show a little kindness, like the little girl did for Sebastian, can be the best encouragement for overcoming fears and anxious feelings. It is the kindness of the little girl that tells Sebastian there is no rain cloud and, therefore, nothing to fear. The Umbrella is a wonderful book and a great tool for parents and caregivers to use in teaching younger children about friendship and overcoming fears. Young children will enjoy the colourful pictures and the simple, yet memorable, story.” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Lisa Lebedovich has written an encouraging tale about how the bond of friendship can aid in diminishing one’s fears. By taking tentative steps outside his own comfort level, our protagonist begins to enjoy a more enriching life. Sharing stories, trading sandwiches, looking at the stars—all of this is new and reassuring to Sebastian. Lebedovich uses a variety of brushes and textures in her colourful and detailed digital illustrations, contributing to a mixed-media quality. Of particular interest are the endpapers that portray the before and after of Sebastian’s quest to belong.” — Canadian Children’s Book News