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The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Mitten (1989)

by Jan Brett

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This book is about a missing mitten and the wooded adventure the mitten goes on to find its way back to its owner. This book is a sweet rendition and children find it warm and inviting. I would use this book in a math class to create an atmosphere that is more relatable for students; giving them the comfortability to approach me, as the teacher, with any question they may need help with. ( )
  Elizabeth-Alaimo | Mar 17, 2019 |
A boy named Nicki gets handmade wool mittens from his grandmother to wear outside. When he goes to play outside, he ends up losing one of his mittens as it blends in with the snow! Multiple animals from the forest where they live end up finding the warm mitten and all huddle inside. The last two characters that find the mitten are a big brown bear and a tiny brown mouse! The ending of the story is hilarious, funny, and unexpected. Students love listening, discussing, and retelling this Ukrainian folktale!
  abbye183 | Feb 3, 2019 |
Jan Bretts wonderful story line draws students in along with the eye catching pictures! A little boy loses his mitten in the woods. Many animals take shelter in this mitten. When the last animal climbs in, which happens to be a mouse, he makes the bear sneeze so hard that the mitten flies up into the air right in front of the little boy. Jan Brett does a great job keeping kids attention on this story. I love the pictures on the side of the book that lets the students get a sneak peak as to what is happening next! ( )
  rshane1 | Jan 21, 2019 |
The mitten is a classic tale. Its about a boy and his new mittens that at first are lost but then are found in an interesting way. After losing his new mittens some fury friends find it and decide to make it their new home. This book takes place during the winter so it would be a good topic to discuss the weather and also math. I say math because children can count all the animals that fit into the mitten or even make predictions on how many animals they think would fit. The pages of the book were beautifully drawn and could be used for grades k-4th. ( )
  taylor26. | Sep 19, 2018 |
3.5 stars

This is a Ukrainian folk tale turned into a picture book. A boy asks his grandmother to knit white mittens for him and he promptly loses one of the mittens. In the time it takes him to find it again, various wildlife find their way into the mitten to get warm and cozy.

I’d rate the story 3 stars (ok), but the illustrations (as usual in her books) are gorgeous. There is a main picture on each page, with beautiful borders on either side. She does a very nice job of making it look Ukrainian (the first page describes some of the research she did for the book), and the borders add a bit of a preview as to what might be coming on the next page. So, 3 stars for the story and 4 stars for the illustrations gives it 3.5 stars from me, overall. ( )
  LibraryCin | Sep 4, 2018 |
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With special thanks to my Ukrainian friend, Oksana Piaseckyj
For Sylvia Kyle, Ruth Ann Johnson, Rebecca Lim and Tad Beagley
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Once there was a boy named Nicki who wanted his new mittens made from wool as white as snow.
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This book tell a story about how a group of animals find a glove in the snow during the winter and they all want to use it to keep themselves warm. As it turns out the glove is a young boys and his grandmother made it for him and he lost it. The animals end up trying to share it and rip it completely apart and the boy was very upset. In the end the boys grandma made him a new glove.
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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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