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Yellow umbrella
Liu, Jae Soo.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
La Jolla, Calif. : Kane/Miller Book Pub., [2002]

Physical Description:
31 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations, music ; 27 cm +e 1 audio disc (digital : 4 3/4 in.)
A story, in pictures and music, of children on their way to school on a rainy day.
CD contents: Background music (7:10) -- Underneath the sky (3:04) -- Pieces for piano, based on the themes of Yellow umbrella.
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The perfect book for a rainy day (obviously) but also for an art lesson, a lazy afternoon, or a quiet classroom, Yellow Umbrella tells the wordless story of one umbrella's morning journey. Accompanied by a CD of original and evocative piano music, this is a book meant to be enjoyed by all people, connecting us through music and art and transcending language and cultural barriers. Readers, lookers and listeners of all ages will love this slice of a rainy day.The illustrator, on creating Yellow Umbrella: On a rainy day, some 15 years ago when I was a teacher at a middle school, I watched some students come to school carrying their umbrellas. While watching them, I realized that their physical differences disappeared. What remained were the visual images of the harmonized colors and the movements of the umbrellas. It seemed to me that these children were claiming that they were all equal in spite of their physical differences. That is exactly what I wanted to tell in my book.From the Composer: The first two measures of the main theme in Yellow Umbrella are composed of only three basic sounds, do-re-mi. And these develop into the full eight measures of the main theme. Then this theme takes on variations like conventional western music but with more freedom, enough to fully express images. I hope that whoever becomes familiar with this book will be able to imagine what the hero/heroine of Yellow Umbrella looks like while listening to the accompanying music, absorbed in the lyrical atmosphere created by images and tunes in the book.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The acoustic, compelling "plink, plink" of higher note piano keys appropriately sets the mood for paging through Yellow Umbrella (Children's Forecasts, noted Nov. 25), a wordless picture book packaged, and designed to be read with, a classical-style music CD. Originally published in South Korea, the volume is both delicate and handsome, with author/illustrator Jae Soo Liu presenting a high-rise view of colorful umbrellas carried by children on a rainy-day walk to school. The umbrellas (and joyful hues) multiply with each successive spread, until a rainbow of galoshes and bumbershoots approaches the school building. Composer Dong II Sheen gracefully glides between rhythms throughout the 15 tracks (a deep, persistent beat accompanies paintings that include a train, jaunty notes indicate a sprinkle of rain in other scenes), maintaining an overall happy tone. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved