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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
Rating:*****
Tags:mystery, winter, fiction

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The Mitten by Jan Brett

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In my opinion, this is an excellent children’s book. I loved reading this story as a child. I enjoy this book for several reasons. The language is very descriptive. There are many details used to describe the cold winter, the different animals, and the white mitten. For example, the book reads, “Next a hedgehog came snuffling along. Having spent the day looking under went leaves for things to eat, he decided to move into the mitten and warm himself.” This allows the reader to visualize the hedgehog’s actions and his reason for moving into the mitten. The writing is organized properly in chronological order. Each page is dedicated to the next animal that decides to squeeze into the white mitten for warmth. I believe the young boy, Nicki and his grandmother, Baba are relatable to readers. Many children may have a grandmother who knits them clothing and accessories. My favorite aspect of this story is the illustrations. I love the beautifully detailed drawings of the animals and how they stuff together into the mitten. I like that the mitten stretches and becomes larger throughout the story because of these animals. As you read, you feel the sense of winter because of the snowy background. The illustrations also depict Ukrainian clothing, homes, and household items. This story has been adapted from a Ukrainian folktale, so the characters live in Ukraine. Another aspect of the illustrations that I really enjoy is the mini drawings located on the sides of the main drawing. These mini drawings show the reader which animal will approach the glove next. This is a great way for children to make predictions during reading. The big idea of the story is you never know what silly things could happen to your belongings when they are misplaced. ( )
  jgiann2 | Apr 7, 2014 |
This book got its start as a Ukrainian folktale. A young boy is given some snow white mittens by his grandmother and he assures her that he will not lose them. Lo and behold he drops one and doesn't realize it. All sorts of woodland creatures crawl into the mitten to stay warm and the mitten stretches and stretches. The beautiful artwork allows the reader to see what is coming next and what might be going on behind the scenes. The ratio of words on the page to picture makes this book idea for a story-time setting. The comical ending is one that has kept the kids I know returning to the story again and again.
  bdemontigny | Feb 26, 2014 |
One of my favourite children's books. The illustrations are perfect. ( )
  loewen | Feb 19, 2014 |
All of the forest animals love Nicki's new snow white mittens. When he drops one in the snow many animals large and small seek shelter from the cold inside of the snuggly warm mitten. Good think his grandmother knotted them so well. A good story with a funny ending to share with children. I think that they would enjoy seeing animal after animal squeezing themselves into Nicki's ever growing mitten.
  Bettymz | Dec 3, 2013 |
This book is about a little boy name Nicki who loses his mitten while walking in the snow. A group of animals including a fix, a bear, a mouse and others squeeze into the mitten. The mouse tickles the bear nose and he sneezes causing all the animals to scatter all over. Nicki sees his mitten in the air and takes it home stretched out to his grandmother. This book can be used for seasons and animals.
  Future_educator | Nov 25, 2013 |
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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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