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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
Collections:Your library
Tags:mystery, winter, fiction

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The Mitten by Jan Brett


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The Mitten a folktale- Nicki went out on an adventure. He soon realizes he lost his new mitten. His mother told him not to lose his mittens. All sorts of animals that live within the woods, try out the mitten and decide to stay inside. The mitten stretches pretty big. It started snowing, but the animals were cozy inside the mitten. Nicki sneezed and all of the animals scattered around. When he arrived home mama saw that he still had his white mittens and Nicki questioned why his mitten was so stretched? ( )
  krchavis | Jul 11, 2017 |
A boy's grandmother knits him special mittens and tells him not to lost them. When the boy drops one in the snow, hibernating animals start moving in to nap and keep warm. The mitten soon becomes very crowded and stretched out, until one of the animals sneezes. ( )
  librarybird08 | Jul 8, 2017 |
At first the little one had no interest in this, but then they started reading it at daycare (and coloring in printed-out pictures of the different animals) and she began to like it. Plus, there is a big sneeze!

I like that the sides of the page give a preview of what is to come - I remember that being pointed out to me when it was read to me as a kid, and thinking I never would have noticed on my own. ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 15, 2017 |
  SteppLibrary | Mar 20, 2017 |
Summary: A book about a boy named Nicki who begs for a white pair of mittens but his grandmother Baba explains if he lost them, he would never find them in the snow. Nevertheless, Baba makes him his white mittens. As Baba predicted, Nicki drops his gloves in the snow and does not realize it is missing. Animals from a small mole to a big brown bear gather in the mitten one by one, stretching the mitten more and more each time. When the bear sneezes all of the animals fly out of the mitten. When Nicki finds his mitten and takes it home he sees it stretched out and bigger than the other one.

Personal Response: This story is a beautiful story for children and the word flow very poetically. The illustrations are bright and colorful and bring the animals to life. This story is a lovely story that allows the imaginations to expand and keeps the readers to wonder what will happen next. The illustrations in the page frames allow her to tell two scenes at once allowing readers to both predict and imagine what might happen next.

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This book can be utilized in various ways in the classroom. Because there is a pattern to the story, it would be a great book to use to retell stories and develop comprehension. It can also be used by reading another version of the story and noticing the differences and the similarities of the books. This book is a Ukrainian folk tale, so it could go alongside with a unit on teaching about folk tales, fables and myths and identifying the likeness and differences between this tale and other tales with similar plots. Development of vocabulary can be tied into this book through identifying the various verbs that are used in the story (swoop, lumber, trot, snuffle, and jostle), and other words to describe each word can be explored. ( )
  ftakahashi | Feb 20, 2017 |
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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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