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The Mitten Tree

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  130 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
On a snowy day, Sarah notices that a little boy at the bus stop does not have any mittens. Worried that he couldn't join in the winter fun, Sarah knits mittens for the little boy, placing them on a tree at the bus stop the next day. Each day thereafter, the children look for new mittens, and every day Sarah knits new ones. One morning she covers every branch with bright ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 12th 1997 by Fulcrum Publishing (first published September 30th 1995)
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Melody Kephart
Apr 24, 2009 Melody Kephart rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lled-catalog
Illustrator: Elaine Greenstein
Publisher: Scholastic
Date of Publication: 1997

Genre: fiction narrative picture book
Reading Level: age 4-9
Theme: friendship, loneliness, giving, contentment

Curricula use: use as a read aloud, shared reading, and independent reading
Social Issues: Community awareness.

Text & Pictures: The illustrations are wonderful. Greenstein used watercolor to blend the story together. The pictures and the text go well together.

Summary: An older lady, Sarah, is lonely because her
Mar 08, 2010 Erica rated it really liked it
This story is so touching, I wept while reading it to my son.
Jan 14, 2016 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Sarah 's children are all grown and out of her nest and she is sad and lonely. She spends her time looking out her window at the children catching the bus for school on her street. On a cold winter's day she notices the children are all playing in the snow except for one little boy. He is not participating because he has no mittens to wear and his hands are cold. Sarah's heart goes out to the little boy and she goes immediately and starts knitting him a pair of mittens with some left-over wool ...more
Dec 03, 2016 Jj rated it liked it
It's a lovely story, but the illustrations are muted colors, and hard to share with a group. I would like to see this one re-illustrated someday since the story is a good one with an important message about kindness.
Andrea Wickenhagen
Dec 02, 2013 Andrea Wickenhagen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
A perfect story to warm the hearts of its readers. The Mitten Tree is about a lovely lady named Sarah that happens to be very lonely for all of her children are grown and out of the house. Every morning as the towns children wait for the bus down her lane she looks out and watches the children play listening to the sound of their laughter. Until one day Sarah looks out an notices a boy standing all by himself dressed in blue with his hands in his pockets. It is not until the boy gets onto the ...more
Apr 24, 2009 Krystal rated it it was amazing
Author: Candace Christiansen

Illustrator: Elaine Greenstein

Genre: Narrative picture book

Publication Info: Scholastic (1997)

Reading Level: Early Transitional

Topic/Theme: Charity or donations/ Friendship/ Giving

Issues Addressed: The gift of giving.

Classroom Uses: Shared Reading, Read Aloud

Summary: Sarah sees a little boy who does not have mittens. She decides to knit him some mittens and put them somewhere where she knows the boy will see them. She ends up knitting a bunch of gloves for childre
Jun 02, 2013 Ailsa rated it really liked it
I love this book, and my 6-year-old daughter loves this book. She brought it home from the school library a couple of times before I decided to buy it. Sarah sees children that needed mittens, so she knit some and left them on a tree. It's hard to tell who really knows where the mittens come from, or the wool that Sarah uses. I love that there is no real resolution provided to some questions that could be asked, which I'd encourage be discussed with children. Why don't the children ever look at ...more
Jan 05, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it
A lovely story about Old Sarah who wistfully remembers the days when her own children were little. She watches the neighborhood children wait for the bus and thinks back to the time when she met the bus with them. One day, she notices that the some of the kids don't have mittens, even though it is cold outside. Sarah sets out to make the kids some warm, comfy mittens. She secretly hangs them on the blue spruce tree and watches for the kids delight and wonder. Not only does Sarah have a sense of ...more
Dec 17, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: children-books
The Mitten Tree: In this sweet book, an older woman notices a young boy who does not have a pair of mittens. She decides to knit him a pair and secretly places them on the tree by the bus stop. Before she knows it, she is knitting for all of the children but no one knows it’s her. Or do they?

MY TWO CENTS: The Mitten Tree teaches children that giving isn’t about getting recognition but rather giving just to help others. We read this story every Christmastime and it has become a favorite.
Beautiful book that teaches the joy of giving. Old Sarah, whose children have grown up and moved away, still watches the children gather at the school bus stop near her home. One wintry morning she notices a boy that has no mittens. What she decides to do next starts a fun tradition that warms every pair of hands and especially every heart. Perfect for Christmas time and for supporting parents or teachers in helping children learn how wonderful it is to give to others.
Mar 14, 2015 Lora rated it it was amazing
This book was so wonderful ! It has so many moments to teach from . It embodies a women who sews mittens for the students that she sees leaving on the bus for school and puts them in a tree . The book teaches students about so many people that may help them and they do not realize it like teachers , family , and principals . It is a good book to read for good classroom and community etiquette and helpfulness!
Usaamah Edwards
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One winter day, elderly Sarah notices a young boy at the bus stop without mittens, so she knits him a pair and leaves them on a tree where he'll find them. She continues to knit (anonymously) and leaves mittens for the children who need them. One day, a large basket of yarn is left on her doorstep, enabling her to continue her work. The story is well told, warm without being treacly.
The Reading Countess
Jan 14, 2011 The Reading Countess rated it really liked it
This is a new book to our school library. I read it to my youngest son's class for parent reading. The story of giving back to others, "paying it forward", and finding/building community is woven throughout as Sarah reaches out to the children in her neighborhood by knitting them mittens for the cold weather. Someone, in turn, gives back to Sarah.
Miss Sarah
Jan 19, 2016 Miss Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: mittens
too long for storytime but a heartwarming tall of an older lady no seems to remember who notices a boy with no mittens so she knits him some and leaves them on a tree she continues for other children and someone keeps refilling her yarn basket.
Mar 08, 2014 Bree rated it really liked it
an old woman secretly makes mittens for the neighborhood kids and at the end a mystery person supplies her with yarn
Apr 09, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it
A lady shares her craft with a group of children and in return, the children learn a lesson about giving.
Sandy Brehl
Very gentle and appealing story of noticing the needs of others and doing what one can to fill them.
Emily Bernd
A heart warming story that would make children happy and know they don't need to worry. A very great story to read during the winter.
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Candace Christiansen grew up in the Hudson River Valley. Educated at the College of Saint Rose and Cornell University, she became interested in weaving and fiber arts while living in South Westerlo, New York, where she raised four children and forty sheep. She has been a teacher of chemistry, math, weaving, and spinning at the Hawthorne Valley School for 20 years and is currently the head of the ...more
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