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The Mitten 20th Anniversary Edition (edition 2009)

by Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)

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Title:The Mitten 20th Anniversary Edition
Authors:Jan Brett
Other authors:Jan Brett (Illustrator)
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2009), Edition: 20th, Hardcover, 32 pages
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The Mitten by Jan Brett


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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 |
This is a great piece of traditional literature for children. There are several reasons why I enjoyed reading this particular book. First, the illustrations were absolutely wonderful. On each two-page spread there were illustrations on both sides displaying what the boy was doing while the animals were snuggling up in his mitten. I believe that the side illustrations help to summarize what has just happened and foreshadow what is about to happen next. Next, I enjoyed the plot of the story because it is suspenseful and allows for children to predict how many animals are actually going to fit in the mitten. The plot creates a significant amount of suspense because the reader is not sure if the boy will get his mitten back or not until the very end. The overall message of the story is appreciate all things that are given to you by others and to make sure that they are properly cared for. ( )
  mbolle1 | Feb 26, 2015 |
I liked this book for many reasons. The first reason I liked the book is the illustrations throughout the story. While there was a main picture in the center of the pages, there were mitten shaped picture showing what the boy was doing and the next animal that was going to join the mitten. I thought it was interesting that they did this because even though the boy was not in the main part of the story the reader could see what he was doing and when he realized the mitten was missing. The second reason I like this book is the plot. The book beings with the young boy's grandmother not wanting to make him white mittens because he would lose them in the snow. He does end up losing one but something unexpected happens to them. During the story the reader does not know if the boy will find the mitten again because of what happened to it. The big idea in this story is to appreciate things that people give you and take care of them. ( )
  vboch1 | Feb 19, 2015 |
The Mitten by Jan Brett (Traditional Literature)

Summary: The Mitten is a book translated from an old folk tale that is about a young boy named Niki who wanted mittens as white as the snow. His grandmother decides to make them, but she warns Niki not to lose them. Right away, Niki loses one of his mittens in the snow, and several animals proceeded to make it their home. Among them was a mole, a snowshoe rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear, and a mouse. The mouse causes the bear to sneeze, and all of the animals flew out, allowing Niki to find his mitten.

Personal Reaction: The story was very whimsical and fun to read, and I really enjoyed it. It is a good book for children as it really allows them to use their imagination to pretend that all of those animals could fit into that tiny mitten. I remember it from when I was younger too, so it was fun to read something again as an adult that I read as a child.

Extension Ideas:
1. Use mittens and blocks to discuss the concepts of full and empty with the children, and to help them realize how much something can hold.
2. The book could inspire dramatic play, where the children act out the animals and use a sleeping bag or something to see if they can all fit.
  yelhsajoh | Feb 11, 2015 |
I would use this story to to teach my students retelling of a story, sequencing, and predicting. My students would like this book because there is an entire journey to go into while reading the story with dramatic suspense. ( )
  hollyegirard | Nov 29, 2014 |
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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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