The setting of this book is in a small village on the island of Sri Lanka. A man named Kiri Mama lived in this village. When Kiri Mama wento to town for the very first time in his life, he was very curious about the varied sights and sounds that welcomed him.
He was particularly intrigued by the flower-shaped things that so many people were carrying as they walk about town. And he discovered that these beautiful things, green, red, yellow, blue – are called umbrellas used by the people to protect themselves from the sun and the rain. This fascinated Kiri Mama to no end.
But when each of the umbrellas he brings back to his village disappears, Kiri Mama devises a plan to track down the thief.
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Among her best works, “Kuda Hora” or “Umbrella Thief” in English, holds a special place and has been translated into seven different languages including, Tamil, Chinese, Japanese, and Norwegian.
Awards - Best Children’s Picture Book award by Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Japan, in year 1986.