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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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This Ukrainian folktale is not only a cute story, but beautiful pictures that that reflect its heritage. As a young boy begs for snow white mittens, he must show that he is responsible enough to keep up with them while adventuring in the snow. When he loses a mitten, the woodland creatures don't mind as they all burrow inside together. They are all warm and cozy until a little mouse causes a big stir. ( )
  EmilyWillers | Oct 20, 2016 |
This story demonstrates much of Ukrainian culture such as the clothing, cottage, and the dishware which is what makes it such a great folktale for children. The story is very entertaining because of the pictures on each page. Students are given clues as to what is happening in the story before it actually happens all based on the pictures. This book would be great for a read aloud in the younger grades.
  leighTembrey | Sep 24, 2016 |
Summary: A little boy's grandmother makes him a mitten during winter time. The little boy drops the mitten in the snow, and because it is white, it is difficult to find. Throughout the story, several animals crawl into the mitten to find warmth from the cold winter air. After having several animals in the mitten, the bear sneezes and sends all the animals out and away. The little boy discovers his mitten in the snow.

Personal reaction: This is a classic and a favorite of mine to read during the winter time. My students' eyes light up when they see all the animals that have snuggled inside the mitten!

Classroom extension ideas: You can use this story to teach sequencing. You could also use this story as a writing lesson. Give them the prompt "my mitten could fit..." and let them use their imagination to create their own story of what their mitten could hold.
  Morgan.Nelson | Sep 15, 2016 |
I thought this book adequate. Reading it made me nostalgic because I can remember reading this book in elementary school. The language was clear and repetitive to develop a theme I believe. I noticed this when all the animals said "Let me come in... Please! My toes are cold as ice!" As each animal came by they all said the same thing eventually making room for everyone in the mitten. The plot showed that some of the biggest animals can fit into a tiny space, but when a little mouse came along to lay in the mitten, the mitten exploded. I thought the idea of this was ironic because mice can usually fit in very tiny spaces. I also think that the illustrations were very specific and did a good job of depicting how the mitten exploded when all the animals tried to squeeze inside. The illustrator also did a good job of showing the disappointment on the little boys face when he saw that his mitten was torn apart. I think that the big picture of this story is that you shouldn't fret over the little things like a mitten because they can always be remade. ( )
  Becca-Friedel | Sep 11, 2016 |
a boy's grandmother makes him a mitten, he loses the mitten outside in the white snow, all sorts of animals gather into the mitten to stay warm but eventually the mitten pops, sending all the animals away. the boy finds his mitten and returns home.
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  TUCC | Aug 16, 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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