The true, untold story of Jonas Hanway, the man who hated getting rained on so much that he fled London, traveled the world, and returned to popularize something totally shocking to 1750's London-the umbrella!
Sometimes in London it drizzles. Sometimes it mizzles. Other times it pelts and showers and spits. And Jonas Hanway hates getting wet. How can he go about his day as a proper London gentleman when his shoes are soggy, his coat is always collecting puddles, and his wig looks like a wet cat? Fed up with damp and dreary London, Jonas sails far away, to places where the sun always shines. But what he sees when he gets there is.... scandalous! Shocking! Sensational! Perhaps also...quite genius? Now all Jonas has to do is convince the rest of London that they need an umbrella, too.
All about the real gentleman who introduced umbrellas to 1750's London society, this is the perfect story of persistence, problem-solving, and how good ideas hold (off) water.
Josh Crute has lost too many umbrellas to count. His first picture book, Oliver: The Second Largest Living Thing on Earth, contains no umbrellas, but it does contain an unhappy sequoia tree. If you find one of Josh's umbrellas, please give it a good home or return it to his umbrella stand in Birmingham (Alabama, not England).
Eileen Ryan Ewen is a freelance artist with a background in Fine Art and Creative Writing. After spending years painting portraits, she decided to delve headfirst into children's book art and hasn't looked back since. Eileen lives in Cleveland Heights, OH, with her husband, four young children, and two very old cats.
The true, untold story of Jonas Hanway, the man who hated getting rained on so much that he fled London, traveled the world, and returned to popularize something totally shocking to 1750's London--the umbrella!