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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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Rating:****
Tags:Children's Literature, Picture Book, Folktale, Animals

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Jan Brett is one of my favorite, if not absolute favorite, children's illustrators. One of my favorite parts about this book, is the little side stories that are happening in the border illustrations around the page edges. This would be a wonderful book to read to a classroom in the winter months. It would also be fun to incorporate an illustration/art lesson with the reading of this book.
  JocelynPLang | Jun 8, 2014 |
The story, The Mitten, is about a boy named Nicki who loses his mitten in the snow. As it lays in the snow, several animals discover the mitten and it soon becomes a host for them. This is a very cute book that is perfect to read just for enjoyment. ( )
  natalie.loy | Jun 5, 2014 |
The Mitten is a good book for character development as there are many different characters that we meet in the book. It's also a great book for predictions and what will happen next.
  KayceBivins | Apr 30, 2014 |
This is a great book to use for guided reading groups. When taking students through a picture walk, there are tons of visual stimulants. Then when reading this book, the students are able to go through and read with expression the way the teacher shows.
  dch018 | Apr 29, 2014 |
In my opinion, this is an excellent children’s book. I loved reading this story as a child. I enjoy this book for several reasons. The language is very descriptive. There are many details used to describe the cold winter, the different animals, and the white mitten. For example, the book reads, “Next a hedgehog came snuffling along. Having spent the day looking under went leaves for things to eat, he decided to move into the mitten and warm himself.” This allows the reader to visualize the hedgehog’s actions and his reason for moving into the mitten. The writing is organized properly in chronological order. Each page is dedicated to the next animal that decides to squeeze into the white mitten for warmth. I believe the young boy, Nicki and his grandmother, Baba are relatable to readers. Many children may have a grandmother who knits them clothing and accessories. My favorite aspect of this story is the illustrations. I love the beautifully detailed drawings of the animals and how they stuff together into the mitten. I like that the mitten stretches and becomes larger throughout the story because of these animals. As you read, you feel the sense of winter because of the snowy background. The illustrations also depict Ukrainian clothing, homes, and household items. This story has been adapted from a Ukrainian folktale, so the characters live in Ukraine. Another aspect of the illustrations that I really enjoy is the mini drawings located on the sides of the main drawing. These mini drawings show the reader which animal will approach the glove next. This is a great way for children to make predictions during reading. The big idea of the story is you never know what silly things could happen to your belongings when they are misplaced. ( )
  jgiann2 | Apr 7, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 039921920X, Hardcover)

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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