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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 Fiction

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The Mitten by Jan Brett


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This is an adorable book that starts out with one little mitten. There once was a boy names Nicky, and he just wanted his grandma to make him snow white mittens. She didn't like the idea because it would blend in with the snow, but she decided to make them for him anyway! Somehow, Nicky lost his snow white Mitten, but some animals sure found it. One by one, animals started pilling up into to the mitten; in the end, a large bear even fit in the mitten!! To top off the animals, a little mouse fit perfectly on the tip of the bears nose… but then the bear sneezed and everyone jumped out of the mitten!! Nick returned his mitten back to his grandma once he found it, showing her that he hand't lost his mitten in the snow!

Genre: Folktale
  KaylaAnn715 | Apr 18, 2015 |
Just 2 stars for the text - 5 for the pictures. I didn't like how each larger critter intimidated the others into making room - other versions are kinder. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
In this fantasy tale, a little boy asks his Baba to make him some snow white mittens, but just as Baba predicted, he quickly lost one in the midst of the wintry wilderness. Upon discovery, a little mole crawled inside and then many other animals followed suit. Although the mitten was becoming stretched past its limit, no one denied any of the other tough creatures a place for fear of being attacked. Finally, the little boy found the mitten that had dumped its inhabitants after a huge sneeze, and the boy returned home with a suspiciously stretched mitten and a regular one, but two mittens nonetheless. ( )
  Emilywilson23 | Mar 25, 2015 |
A holiday classic about a grandmother who sews mittens that are as white as snow for Nikki. Nikki drops one mitten and it soon becomes a home to many little critters who stumble upon it. ( )
  bspelman | Mar 15, 2015 |
There are multiple reasons why I liked this book. First, I liked this book based of its third person point of view. I feel by having someone else tell the story as if they were an observer really brings the tale to life. I also enjoyed the illustrations, many the boarder around the pages. On each page, to the left was a mitten shaped showing the boy looking for the mitten, while on the right shows the next visitor to the mitten. The illustrations also take part in the well organized flow of events in this story, between the loosing of the mitten and each friendly critter who comes and visit. I believe the main message in this story is to enjoy every little thing you own. Although this was just a simple mitten to the boy, each one of the animals found it to be a comforting home and sanctuary. ( )
  acaine1 | Feb 26, 2015 |
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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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