My Red Umbrella by Robert Bright

My Red Umbrella by Robert Bright

I’m not sure I’ve ever read the book My Red Umbrella by Robert Bright.  People were talking about it on the Flannel Friday Facebook page — and I’ve been meaning to present it — so this seemed like the right week to do so.  It’s been around our library as long as I’ve been (1997) and I believe it was created by a volunteer.  It seems some people have the umbrella grow as each animal joins the party.  This flannelized version doesn’t grow with the story so perhaps this is more based on the book.  This is one of my favorites; I love the opportunity for audience participation.  And I love how the story builds on itself — we’re working on sequences!

The synopsis:  A Little Girl goes on a walk and she wonders why she is carrying an umbrella on such a day as this.

Sunny, then a cloud appears in the sky...

So the girl gets out her Red Umbrella.

That is some umbrella!

Soon she comes upon a dog, it was wet and cold in the rain.

poor wet doggie

 

Come join me under my umbrella, there’s room enough here for both of us.

The two continue  walking and come upon a

Kitty -- all wet and bedraggled

 

Come join us under my umbrella, there’s room enough here for all of us.

So the dog and cat and the girl continue and come upon a

Chicken and Rabbit...

Come join us under my umbrella, there’s room enough here for all of us.

And the dog and the cat and the chicken and the bunny and the girl continue and come upon a

Sweet lamb and...
...shivering goat.

Come join us under my umbrella, there’s room enough here for all of us.

So …  the girl and the dog and the kitty and the chicken and the bunny and the pig lamb and the goat continue …

a pig

and a

Fox!

Come join us under my umbrella, there’s room enough here for all of us.

Wait a minute. Mr. Fox you have to behave under this umbrella. No funny business.  Okay everyone, say it with me….

So … the girl and the dog and the kitten and the chicken and the rabbit and the lamb and goat and pig and fox continued on

and came upon a ….

a very big and very wet bear!

Oh boy was he big. But they squeeze him in and the girl and the dog and the kitten and the chicken and the rabbit and the lamb and goat and pig and fox and the bear continue on.

They all squeezed in!

They continue on and sing a song

Rain Rain Go Away! Come Again another Day!

 

And the sun  eventually comes out … each animals walks away.  And the girl decides she was really glad she brought her umbrella.

 

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8 Replies to “My Red Umbrella by Robert Bright”

  1. Oh thank you for posting this – it really helps me to see your flannel – I’ve been wanting to make this one for a long time, but was a little daunted by so many characters. Maureen, I love your idea of having the kids help act out the story!

  2. Thank you SO much for sharing your flannel – I’ve been wanting to flannelize this story for ages – and seeing how someone else has done it gives me more courage- It really does work just fine with a big red umbrella and doesn’t need the umbrella to “get bigger.” I love Maureen’s idea of having the kids be the different animals and act out the story.

  3. Great story – I would like to try it with a real umbrella and the kids wearing animal head band – we would all try to fit under the umbrella together.
    Thanks

    A large golf umbrella would be best, don’t you think? ~SH

  4. Cute flannel! I did track down the book ~ it is an old, old copy and pretty small. I think flannelizing the story is the best way to share this book with a large group.

    Thanks for sharing! Singing “rain, rain, go away” is a great addition!

    The script says “sing rain songs” and Rain Rain Go Away is the only song I can ever think of. I think It’s raining It’s pouring The Old Man is Snoring would work too. Or…. sing both and end with Rain Rain Go Away to really stretch that story out~SH

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