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Umbrella Summer
by Lisa Graff

2010 Texas Bluebonnet ListSM

Have you ever been afraid? Annie Richards has been.
What do you do when you're afraid? Hide? Annie did.
Were you afraid of African sleeping sickness? Annie was.
Did diseases ever scare you? They scared Annie.
Were you afraid to ride your bike? Annie was.
Did you stop riding your bicycle? Annie did.

Annie wasn't just afraid of BIG dangers like earthquakes, fires, and plagues. She knew that she had to watch out for little things, like bug bites. In fact she covered her arms and stomach with Band-Aids and her legs with Ace bandages. You never know what might happen. Annie's brother, Jared, wasn't afraid of anything, and yet, he died after a little hockey puck hit him in the chest. The doctor said he had a heart problem.

So Annie had to give up fun. She had to become cautious. Even when her friend Doug tried to get her to play some really fun games, Annie said no. Her friend, Rebecca, wanted Annie to ride bikes with her, but Annie, who couldn't allow herself to ride fast, had to settle for "Turtle Tracks."

Don't be surprised if you roll on the floor laughing on one page, and feel a tear run down your cheek on the next. You see, this is the story of a regular girl who struggles to find happiness in the face of death. It's an amazing story of friendships, a haunted house, a safari ninja attack, and special neighbor who helps Annie close her umbrella of sadness so the sun can shine on her again.

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Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
You can purchase the 36-page unit for Umbrella Summer for immediate download for only $18.95!
Jeopardy-type game and recorded song included. Click Here to Purchase and Download this Study Guide.

A 38-page unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts for projection on your SmartBoard for Umbrella Summer is now available!

The Kids' Wings Study Guide Contains:
Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
2-page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Family Project: Letters to Our Children
Story Timeline
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Charcter Studies
Transforming Hyperboles to Pictures
Crossword Puzzle
The Song of Umbrella Summer
Visualizing Chapters
Not What You Expect: Mixing Humor and Sadness
Dramatizing Chapters
Editing and Revising Annie's Letter to Rebecca
The Worst Fourth of July, A Logic Puzzle
A Story Framed in Action
Writing Prompts
A Five-Page Lesson on Contrastive Stress
Signs of Grief
Stages of Grief
Answer Keys
PLUS A Jeopardy-Type Game
PLUS a Recorded Song!


 

Special Thanks to Barbara Klaskin Silberg for composing our music and to by David Tobocman for the arrangement and performance
Website: www.MrsMusic.com
In our background music, you can hear this song being sung by members of the Los Angeles Children's Choir under the direcion of Mrs. Music.

 


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