Myread – Umbrella summer

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Have you ever lost someone whom you loved so dearly? How would a nine yr old feel when she lost her most belloved brother?

Annie’s brother just passed away from a sudden rare heart disease. Life still goes on and annie does not seem to be too bothered by it.. except for the ‘dead-brother’ look that wveryone gave her. HOwever she starts to be overly obsessive about her health, worried that she might catch some disease, or have leukemia or jaundice. This is to the extent that she stopped doing waht she likes – obstacle course with her friends, for fear of hurting herself which might developed into gangrene. She had bandaids all over her arms and legs over small bites or wounds.

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Annie parents tried their best to forget jared  annie’s brother and goes on with life. But still, it is difficult..
The adults r too busy missing their dead son that they forgotten abt annie, forgotten hw to love her and appreciate her.

This story is about how a young girl overcomes her loss of her beloved brother, how she taught her parents to get over with it, how they let jared be alived in their hearts. It is a warming, emotional and interesting book to read. I cant put down this book once I started and finished it in 2 days.

It is also a story of friendship and childhood memories which brings back memories of my own…

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“When it’s raining you put up an umbrella right? So you won’t get wet? But say you are walking for a long time, holding your umbrella high up in the air to protect you from the rain. If you’re too busy worrying about not getting wet, or just thinking about something else entirely, you may not even notice that it has stopped raining. So there you are with your umbrella still open above you, and there’s no more rain at all. You may not be getting wet, but you’re missing the sunshine. Annie z, I think all your worries are like an umbrella to you. It’s easier to be worried than to be sad. So you used worrying as a sort of protection.”

“Everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but mountaintops are rocky and cold. Sure, the view is great, bit what’s a view for? A voew just gives us a glimpse of our next destination – our next target. But to hit that target, we must come off that mountain, go through the valley, and begin to climb the next slope. It is in the valley that we slough through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.”

Title of book: Umbrella summer

Author: Lisa Graff

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