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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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This is such a cute book! The characters are very well-developed because of how believable this author illustrated the characters when making room for other animals within the mitten. It was a good plot because the little boy's grandmother told him not to lose his mittens, but he did to the animals. He eventually gets his mitten just before he goes back to his grandmother's house. It kept the reader wondering whether or not he was going to have the mitten back in time. The purpose of this story is to stretch the imagination of children, when all of the animals try to squeeze into the mitten. It also pushes readers to think about how they could help others. For example, the little boy allowed the animals to stay in the mitten because he could have thought they were cold. Overall, great read! ( )
  bemory1 | Oct 1, 2015 |
The Mitten begins when Nicki wanted his grandmother to knit him new wool mittens as white as snow. Nicki had been playing out in the snow one afternoon and lost one of his mittens. Several creatures of dissimilar sizes, first beginning with a mole, climbed into the mitten to keep warm. Before long the mitten became full. When the brown bear had a great sneeze, the force shot the mitten up into the sky. Nicki realized he had been missing a mitten. He saw the snow white mitten blowing against the blue sky. When he brought it home to grandmother, one mitten had been far greater in size than the other.
The illustrations throughout the story are unusual. On both ends of the pages, inside the mitten shows what creature is next to climb in the mitten, and what Nicki is doing while the occurrence takes place. Great details brining winter alive. ( )
  AMuller96 | Sep 23, 2015 |
The Mitten is a book about a boy named Niki who wanted a pair of snow white mittens. Niki's grandma makes him a pair of mittens but tells him not to lose them. Niki goes outside to play in the snow and loses a mitten instantly. Many animals including a mole, a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear, and a mouse find his mitten and decide to all get inside to stay warm. The makes ends up making the bear sneeze and all the animals fly out, Niki finds his mitten, and has it when he returns home.

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I really enjoyed reading the story. Children can really use their imaginations while reading this book to image all of the animals fitting into that little mitten of Niki's.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1.) Have my students make their own white mitten
2.) Have each of my students draw an animal from the story
3.) Have my students place the animals that they drew into my white mitten and discuss how all the animals could fit in the mitten
  connorshayne | Sep 20, 2015 |
Alot of reptition. ( )
  tlj033 | Sep 16, 2015 |
What a fun and imaginative picture book. This book is perfect for reading out loud and letting the kids hunt for clues about what is coming next. Who would've thought all those animals could fit in one mitten. I love grandma's face at the end when she discovers one mitten is all stretched out. ( )
  alanbuffington | Sep 5, 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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