Umbrella by Taro Yashima is a charming story about a young girl eager to try out her new rain boots and umbrella. The only problem is that she has to wait for the weather to change.
It does of course finally rain and Momo gets to wear her boots and carry her umbrella. She has to be careful with the umbrella and carry it just so, just as her parents have taught her. She's nervous and excited. She doesn't want to break or lose her umbrella but she also wants to be the big girl her parents say she is and use it!
This is a story about anticipation and excitement, patience and persistence, and finally responsibility.
I read it because the story is now included in the 4th grade ELA text books. My daughter read it in that form and was eager to re-read it in its original form.