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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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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 |
The story begins with a young boy named Nicki who asked his grandma, Baba, for a pair of snow white mittens. She refused to knit him a pair at first because she said he would lose them and won’t be able to find them, but then decided she would. Nicki wore the white pair of mittens outside and ended up losing one mitten. Multiple animals ended up burrowing into his mitten, a mole, rabbit, bear, fox, and porcupine, and stretching it out. The last animal that came into the mitten was a mouse and it sat on top of the bears nose. The bear sneezed and sent every animal in the glove out and the mitten blew away. Nicki saw the mittens silhouette and ran after it. He got ahold of it and went back inside with both mittens. Baba wondered why the one glove was bigger than the other. ( )
  CarlyOHaro | Feb 15, 2017 |
The Mitten is story about a boy who ask his grandmother to knit him a pair snow-white mittens. At first, she does not want to make them as she is afraid he will lose them. She makes him a set and tells him that when he gets home she will check to make sure he is okay and then check to make sure he has his mittens. After the boy leaves the house he climbs up a tree and one of the mittens falls out of his pocket. The boy does not notice the mitten and runs off. Then a mole finds the mitten and climbs inside to get warm. Then one at a time different animals come along and climb into the mitten. These animals include a rabbit, a hedgehog, a owl, a badger, a fox and a bear. Once all these animals are in the mitten along comes a meadow mouse. The mouse climbs up on the bear’s nose which causes the bear to sneeze. The sneeze sends all the animals flying and the mitten goes in to the air and the boys sees it. This leaves his grandmother to wonder how one mitten became so stretched out. It is beautifully written with wonderful pictures. The pictures in the mittens on the side on the page help children to predict what will happen next. Therefore, teachers can use this story to help students put events in to a timeline or sequence. They could also use this to tell about animals and their size. Teachers can also pair this book with The Hat by Jan Brett, for a compare and contrast exercise. ( )
  Jennifer_McLeod | Feb 12, 2017 |
The illustrations are beautifully done to honor the Ukrainian culture. This is a beautiful tale for a winter theme. I use it to teach sequencing, compare and contrast different versions, and discuss friendship. ( )
  nkoffler | Nov 30, 2016 |
This beloved story follows a lonely mitten has several woodland animals try to crawl inside it. The book features beautiful pictures and a relatively easy to recognize pattern that makes it great and a nagging for younger learners. The pattern compined with the side picture panels make this an excellent text to begin introducing and teaching the idea of making predictions

Genre: folktale

-read aloud
-lesson on making predictions
-jan brett unit
  asukonik | Nov 15, 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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