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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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Silly but sweet, with great illustrations. I love to read it every year around Christmas. ( )
  Kristin_Curdie_Cook | Apr 29, 2016 |
The author of this story does a fantastic job of making the reader want more; from background information to the events that will take place next, noted in "preview" frames. It is a great book to base vocabulary building off of as well as research into other cultures. ( )
  Erin_Holte | Apr 26, 2016 |
I enjoyed this Ukrainian folktale very much! First, the plot of the story was presented in a very interesting way. The written portion of the story is presented in the main section of the book. However, each page contains a wide, periphery border. Inside each border is a little "snippet" of what happens next in the story. For example, towards the end of the book, the main text reads, "A great bear lumbered by. He spied the mitten all plumped up. Not being one to be left out in the cold, he began to nose his way in." However, in the border of this page is a picture of a mouse beginning to crawl out of a burrow in the ground. This picture actually foreshadows what comes next in the book.

I also found that the illustrations greatly added to the book. The illustrator chose a realistic style that incorporated traditional Ukrainian dress, home decor, and art style. The actual plot of this story could take place in any country at any time in history. However the illustrator grounds the story in 19th century Ukraine by providing detailed illustrations.

The big picture of this book is that life sometimes takes us on unexpected twists and turns. Many fascinating things happen during every day life. ( )
  ElanaRubinstein | Apr 4, 2016 |
When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax. As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki in the boarders 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 faithful to the Ukrainian tradition from which the story comes.
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
This is a Ukrainian Folktale about a little boy who wants white mittens from his grandmother. She warns him that white is a bad idea because if he drops them they will be lost in the snow but he insists that they are white. He then loses one in the snow, and a bunch of animals crawl inside to keep warm from the snow. A bear, badger, owl, rabbit, mole, hedgehog, and a fox all climb into and stretched out the mitten the little boy dropped. A mouse climbs in on the bears nose, and the bear sneezes causing them all to tumble out and the mitten to fly into the sky right to the little boy.
Genre: Folktale, Fantasy
I would use this in my classroom when teaching about folktales, because it is a sweet and cute tale. The illustrations are done beautifully, and they are really neat. ( )
  epatt14 | Mar 4, 2016 |
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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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