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The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Mitten (edition 1989)

by Jan Brett

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Title:The Mitten
Authors:Jan Brett
Info:Putnam Juvenile (1989), Edition: REI/CAS, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:Children's Literature, Picture Book, Folktale, Animals

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The Mitten by Jan Brett


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As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki in the borders of each page, walking through the woods unaware of what is going on.
Once again Jan Brett has created a dramatic and beautiful picture book in her distinctive style. She brings the animals to life with warmth and humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights and details. ( )
  LauraBlake | Aug 30, 2015 |
I love using this book with my Kindergartners to practice making predictions and then retelling a story after we've read it. They love looking at the picture that gives a clue of what animal will be on the next page and sharing their predictions. It's a great way to practice comprehension. After the story, we discuss the characters and then I put pictures of the characters on the smart board and we retell the story by putting the characters in the order in which they got into the mitten. Reading "The Hat" is always a fun follow up book! ( )
  lmckenzie | Aug 29, 2015 |
A great book to teach elementary students about sequence in a text. Great book to use an interactive story board or puppets with.
  NiinaMariie | May 11, 2015 |
The Mitten is a classic story that most children have read. I liked this book because the pictures help the story progress and come to life for the reader. I like that on the edge of each page is a mitten that foreshadows what happens next in the story. The mitten cutouts allow children the opportunity to predict what might happen next in the story. I also liked how all the animals fit into the small mitten gradually getting bigger and bigger. Then the smallest animal, the mouse, makes the mitten explode. I think the main idea of this book is to keep track of your belongings. ( )
  zfrid | May 9, 2015 |
How did all of those animals fit inside that mitten?! This story is comical in that the animals do in fact try to fit inside a young boy's mitten, and they do succeed--to a point. This book is appropriate for preschool through kindergarten.
  Sarah.Lew | Apr 30, 2015 |
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A Ukrainian boy named Nicki wants his grandmother Baba to knit snow-white mittens for him. She warns her grandson that a white mitten will be hard to find if he loses it in the snow, but of course he promptly does just that! What happens next is the surprising part, as a mole takes refuge in the lost mitten, then a rabbit, then a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, and a fox. If you think the mitten might be a wee bit stretched out at this point, just wait: "Then a big bear sniffed at the mitten. The animals were packed in tight, but the bear didn't care. He crawled in anyway." When a tiny mouse squeezes in, her whiskers tickle the bear's nose. He sneezes, and "Aaaaa-aaaaa-ca-chew!" all the animals fly out of their crocheted cave. As the mitten sails through the air, Nicki spots it, reclaims it, and takes it home to show his smiling Baba.

Jan Brett is the illustrator of many well-known folktales, fairy tales, and poems, such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Owl and the Pussycat, by Edward Lear. Her special signature in her detailed artwork is the intricate borders, seen in this book as birch-bark panels with embroidered details and mitten-shaped vignettes offering additional insights into the story line. Brett is at her best when she illustrates animals, and the expressions on the faces of her creatures are a delight. She carefully researched the costumes, furniture, and house in this traditional Ukrainian tale--all are authentic. A fine story to read on a frosty night with a cup of hot chocolate, and if you ever get your fill of The Mitten, you can always try its delightfully original companion book, The Hat, winner of the 1998 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. (Ages 4 to 8)

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Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.

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