Brighton author pens girl’s journey to adulthood, grandma-granddaughter relationship in new book

BRIGHTON, Ill. — Author Rod Connell announces the nationwide release of “Bella’s Umbrellas,” Connell’s new juvenile fiction, where he shares a girl’s creative way of going through adulthood and old age.

In “Bella’s Umbrellas,” readers will discover a toddler’s fascination with raindrops, puddles and umbrellas and will see it growing into a lifelong love, which — as an old woman — she passes on to her great-granddaughter. Behind the stories of her exotic umbrella collection is the story of her life, a heartwarming story spanning four generations.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Rod Connell and wife, Jane Connell, own and operate a Montessori school, which they founded in 1979. The Connells, who live in Calhoun County, Illinois, have four children and 11 grandchildren. Rod Connell, who is the author of six previous books, has also served as pastor-teacher for three churches and taught for many years at a local Christian rehabilitation center. Rod Connell now writes full time.

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