Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell

Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella

Written by Cerrie Burnell
Illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

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October 2015 Book of the Month 'Once there was a girl called Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.’ So begins this charming story of a special little girl, who loves music and cats, and of her adventures with a magical umbrella. Harper’s life with her dressmaker aunt Sassy is unusual already, but the gift of the Scarlet Umbrella transforms it even more because this umbrella is quite out of the ordinary. When Harper’s cat Midnight goes missing, together with all the cats in the City of Clouds, Harper knows the umbrella will help her to find them. There’s a delightfully old-fashioned feel to this story, a hint of proper magic. Little girls in particular will love Harper and day-dream themselves into her adventures. ~ Andrea Reece


Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell

Harper lives in the City of Clouds with her Great Aunt Sassy and her beloved cat Midnight. When Midnight goes missing - together with all the cats of the neighbourhood - Harper realises that only her magical scarlet umbrella can help her find him...

When Harper steps out with the umbrella in her hand, she is carried up into the sky on a series of amazing adventures. And Midnight isn't all she finds when she stumbles upon the Midnight Orchestra and its wild conductor...

About the Author

Cerrie Burnell

Cerrie Burnell is an actress and CBeebies presenter.
Burnell, who was born with a right arm that ends just below the elbow, is one of the few visibly disabled presenters on television. She featured in the Guardian's 2011 list of 100 most inspirational women, receiving praise for tackling disability head on.

Snowflakes is her debut picture book.

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128 pages


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Publication date

1st October 2015




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