The Mitten

The Mitten

by Jan Brett

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Overview

A bestselling modern classic that has been a family favorite for over 25 years.

When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.

One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.

As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki in the borders of each page, walking through the woods unaware of what is going on.

In her distinctive style, Jan Brett brings the animals to life with warmth and humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights and details faithful to the Ukrainian tradition from which the story comes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399252969
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/05/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 8,938
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

Read an Excerpt

Mittens


By Jan Brett

Putnam Publishing Group

Copyright © 1998 Jan Brett
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0399234233

Chapter One

Once there was a boy named Nicki. He wanted mittens as white as snow.

"If you drop a white mitten in the snow, it will be hard to find," his grandmother told him.

But Nicki wanted snow-white mittens so much that Baba made them for him.

When she finished knitting, Nicki trot on the mittens and went out to play.

It wasn't long before one mitten fell off.

A little mole found it and crawled inside. It was just the right size, so he decided to stay.

A rabbit came hopping by. He wiggled in next to the mole.

A hedgehog wanted to get warm. The mole and the rabbit made room for him.

The owl didn't want to be left out. So the mole, the rabbit, and the hedgehog had to move over. The little mitten was getting crowded.

A badger looked out of his house and saw the mitten. He climbed right in.

It started to snow, so a fox pushed his way in and made himself right at home.

Then a big bear sniffed at the mitten. The animals were packed in tight, but the bear didn't care.

He crawled in anyway. The mitten was getting bigger and bigger and bigger.

Then a tiny mouse squeezed in and perched herself on the big bear's nose.

The mouse's whiskers tickled the bear's nose. "Aaaaa-aaaaa-ca-chew!" the bear sneezed. All the animals flew out of the mitten.



Continues...


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The Mitten 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
SuperMomSMPC More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my son right before Christmas last year because he loves Jan Brett stories. I was a little disappointed as the story seemed to keep going on and on and almost seemed a little ridiculous (how could that many animals possibly fit into one mitten). I felt that the story had way too many animal characters and would have been better with about half of what it had. It was a cute story and lesson, though.
jakdomin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The traditional Ukrainian illustrations instantly catch the readers eye. On each page of the book, there is a cutout in the shape of the mitten which shows other details to what is going on in the story without having to use text, whether it be the scenery outside or what another character is up to. The mittens are also used to foreshadow to the next page. Seeing how the boy foudn his lost mitten then how the animals piled in are as if two stories are happening at once. The story ends humorously with one regular sized mitten and one large one.
ktextor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a little boy who loses his mitten while he was in the woods playing in the snow. While he is gone many different animals come to find this mitten and make a home from it. Eventually there are many different kinds of animals who try and fit themselves into the mitten!! What will happen? Who knows... the best part is this story has no words so any child could follow along with what is happening!
savannah.julian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a classic folk tale about a boy who loses one of his mittens that his grandmother made him in the snow. Luckily for the cold forest animals, the mitten is the perfect shelter. Eight different animals somehow manage to all squeeze into the mitten, but when the bear sneezes they all come flying out. The little boy sees the mitten as it flies through the air and is pleased to have his mitten back. His grandmother is happy that he found his other mitten but it is confused about why this one is considerably larger than its pair. Fun tale!
spytel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is a Ukrainian folktale of a boy who loses his mitten. The mitten soon becomes home to various every increasing in size animals.Kids will get a kick out of the repetition and ending. It's interesting to see characters dressed in traditional Ukrainian clothing. Jan Brett did a good job at the detail, and kids enjoy the foreshadowing of what's coming up on the next spread.
restock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An obvious favorite for young childrens literature. It is a Ukrainian Folktale and grasps the readers attention in story line and in illustrations.
LisaBlanchard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Mitten adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett, while hasn't receive any direct awards, has been mentioned on a number of "best of" book lists including: National Education Association's Top One Hundred Children's Books of 2007, National Teachers Association's Top Ten Titles for Elementary Students 1999, American Library Association, Booklist Magazine Best Children's Books of the 1980s, and New Yorker Magazine Best Children's Books 1989.The little boy named Nicki finally convinced his Baba to knit him a white pair of mittens. When he looses one in the snow, a wide variety of forest animals decide to climb inside it to keep warm. After the bear lets out a sneeze, the animals are thrown out of the mitten in all directions. When Nicki can see his lost mitten hovering in the sky, he rushes over to catch it and goes home.This is the twentieth anniversary edition of Brett's adaptation of the Ukrainian Folktale. This version is much friendlier, given her introduction letter at the beginning of the book refers to a hunter shooting all the animals! The illustrations are very rich and detailed. Each page has a central picture with accompanying text and two mitten shaped windows of additional pictures that reinforce the story and develop the plot even further. For example, as each animal approaches the mitten before burrowing inside, the mitten "windows" offer a preview of the next animal to arrive. The pictures are so descriptive with so much expression and detail, that the text isn't even necessary. This would be ideal for children preschool to grade 3 and excellent for programs including winter, folktales, or animals.
Brooke28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a boy who wanted a white mitten, which was soon lost in the snow. Animals called this mitten home until the bear sneezed and they all flew out. The mitten is found but very stretched out!
psjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has wonderful vocabulary. I think this a great book to read in the winter around Christmas time since the illustrations look like Christmas and it is snowy. There are also incredible illustrations of the animals that are very accurate.
WilliamBarnes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is a book about a boy who loses his mitten in the forest and the animals that find it. Several animals find the mitten and decide to make it their home so they begin stuffing themselves into the mitten one at a time until a bear gets in and gets tickled by a mouse's whiskers and sneezes throwing everyone out and send the mitten flying through the air where it is found by the boy. He brings the mitten home and shows it to his grandmother who is very perplexed as to why it is so much bigger now. this is a cute story with wonderful illustrations throughout the whole story.
jessicaherrin83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a kindergarten teacher, I am always on the lookout for ways to encorporate literature into my everyday lessons. Jan Brett's The Mitten is a must for the first day of winter. The children love the illustrations and guessing how many animals will fit into the mitten. They "read" the book to each other long after the lesson is over. The class also publishes their own book about what could fit in their mitten. The Mitten is a delightful story with predictability and loveable animal characters.
LyndaHuntley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This traditional fantasy book is about a young boy named Nicki who want his grandmother to knit him a pair of white mittens. She reluctantly make them for fear that he will lose them in the snow. He does. Then the adventure begins. Animal after animal get into the mitten each afraid to tell the other not to get inside. There is no real evil verses good characters but the animals continue to go into the mitten but each are afraid to tell the next animal that there is not enough room because they do not want to be hurt by the next animal this theme repeats as each animal as big as a bear squeezes into the mitten until a little mouse tickles his nose. I really like how the pictures hint at which animal will be next. I laughed when the bear got inside. It is very easy to read aloud to young children. It captures the attention and thier imagination as each animal get inside the mitten.In the classroom, before reading the story, I would have them predict which animal will come next and ask what will happen after each animal gets in the mitten. I would also play a memory game to see if the students could remember the order of the animals. I could use either stuffed animals and a large mitten constructed of paper or I could draw pictures of the animals to put in a mitten. I would ask one student at a time to place an animal into the mitten. I would ask the students if this could really happen.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this story a lot but definitely like Barbara McClintock's version better-less hostile, better illustrations.
rpultusk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a Ukrainian folktale about a young boy who begged his grandma to knit him a pair of white woolen mittens. She did, even though she was sure that he would lose one of them in the snow. He does lose one and several animals make their home inside the lost mitten, including a rabbit, porcupine, fox, and bear (among others). When the bear sneezes, the mitten flies off and back into the hands of the young boy. He returns home with both mittens and the book ends with his grandma quizzically examining the one large, stretched mitten.Brett's illustrations are amazing. The pages contain not only finely detailed central illustrations, but intricately designed border illustrations, too. The pictures on the border reinforce the Eastern Europeanness of the story through traditional dress, patterns, and landscapes. In other words, the border illustrations are reminiscent of an old grandmother's quilt. The language is sweet and childlike (for example, the mole remarks on the rabbit's "kickers" instead of his legs). The whole story is sweet and childlike!Highly recommended for elementary school libraries.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Traditional story about how someone loses their mitten and the animals all bury their bodies up in it to keep warm. The text is simple but the illustrations are very detailed.
michelle.smith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations in this book are breathtaking. Jan Brett uses the foreshadowing to give extra information about the story as it unfolds.
missmichelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: The Mitten is a great example of a folktale becuase it an Ukrainian story that is retold by Jan Brett about a boy, Nicki, who looses a mitten and the animals find it and decide snuggle inside to keep warm. This story has been retold for many generations and the plot is very simple, which the reader sees as the story in centered around the different animals trying to make room in the mitten.
relientkatie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young Nicki asks his Baba (Grandmother) to knit him a pair of white mittens, even though Baba warns him that a white mitten will be hard to find if dropped in the snow. Of course, he quickly looses one of the mittens. It is discovered by a mole, who thinks it would make a nice home, and soon all of the forest creatures decide to move in! I've always loved cumulative stories, and this is a great one. Brett's illustrations are beautiful and clever. It's a nice choice for a read-aloud.I'd recommend this book for pre-school kids up to first or second graders.
pamelaharris More than 1 year ago
This children's book is one of my favorites! Jan Brett's format of illustrating pictures from the previous page and next page is perfect. Children anticipate the next page and reflect on the one before. As a teacher, this is perfect for teaching comprehension and prediction. Kids love it! The detailed illustrations are beautiful. My favorite part about this book was that it is a board book. It is durable and long-lasting. I will enjoy it for years to come.
BRADLEY55 More than 1 year ago
beautiful story and illustrations. I'm buying this for my Granddaughter
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"I liked the book because the author made the characters funny and come to life.  I would rate it a 4 star book." "Jan Brett wrote the book to entertain us, and that means make us laugh.  She also wrote the book so we could follow all the things in order and remember the steps.  I think this book gets 5 stars." "The pictures in this book made me see what the words were telling and it was easier to remember who went in the mitten by reading and looking at the pictures.  It is a 5 star book."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember my mom reading this book to me it hold a lot of memories and happy warm nights
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