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The Mitten

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  66,497 Ratings  ·  960 Reviews
Millions of readers have fallen in love with Jan Brett’s The Mitten, and over 2.5 million copies have been sold since publication in 1989. This striking oversized anniversary edition with a silver foil jacket and a fresh image of the woodland animals will attract fans old and new, and adult collectors of Jan Brett’s books. Set in a snowy forest, the fun begins when, one by ...more
Hardcover, 20th Anniversary Edition, 32 pages
Published October 5th 2009 by Putnam Juvenile (first published 1929)
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Beth Read it every year to my Kindergarten or First Grade children. Standards focus: cause/effect, implicit reasoning, characters' feelings, author's tone.
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Maruf Hossain
Jun 03, 2016 Maruf Hossain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
এমন সব ইলাসটরেশন দেখলে মুঞচায় লাফ দিয়া বইয়ের পাতায় ঢুইকা যাই।

Lisa Vegan
To be honest, I felt little enthusiasm for reading this book, but it’s one of six books for the Children's Books group’s Picture Books Club December “winter” themed books, so I read it.

I’m so glad that I did. It’s delightful. I loved all the animals, the boy and his grandmother, their house, the snowy outdoors, and most of all, the humor.

The illustrations are very appealing; I loved the animals and I enjoyed all the detail in each picture, and the mini pictures that reveal what is about to happ
I have read many folktales from around the world, but this is the first time that I have read a folktale from Ukraine. “The Mitten” is a Ukrainian folktale retold by Jan Brett and it is about how a young boy named Nicki loses his mitten in the snow and his lost mitten soon becomes a host to a great number of forest animals! “The Mitten” is easily one of the cutest and most beautiful folktales ever told for children!

Jan Brett has certainly outdone herself in this book as she beautifully writes an
Aug 21, 2010 Dianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a perfect children's book in every way. The text is short and simple, and the illustrations tell part of the story. I love the last picture!

I prefer the board book edition: it is shorter and doesn't contain a lot of extra verbiage, perfect for a young child's attention span.
Jan 13, 2011 Candice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
This morning while walking my dog I temporarily lost one of my mittens. When I discovered it had fallen out of my pocket, I decided it would be easier to continue our walk and to look for the lost mitten on the way back. I had plenty of time to reflect. As Dude munched on frozen deer poop I thought of all the woodland creatures that inhabit Poplar Forest. Besides the deer there are foxes, squirrels, rabbits, mice, skunks, and who knows what else. I imagined one of them finding the mitten and tak ...more
Nancy Kotkin
When a Ukrainian boy drops his brand new white mitten in the snow, a bunch of wild animals moves into it. Adapted from a Ukrainian folk tale. For this picture book, the typical Jan Brett sidebars are used to relate the boy's story while retaining the page's focus on the animals. Until, near the end, something happens to reverse the lenses. Solid story with beautiful illustrations, though not quite as good as The Hat.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is the first Jan Brett book I ever read, and not only did I enjoy the story, but the illustrations absolutely captivated me. When I use this in story time now, I have the kids anticipate what will appear on the next page by looking at the sub-story occurring in the side boxes on each page. While Alvin Tresselt did the earliest picture book version of this Ukrainian folktale that I know of, Jan Brett's is better known because of her beautiful illustrations. A perfect winter readaloud, and hi ...more
Jan 25, 2017 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby-h-books
Splendid, highly detailed illustrations. I don't know about the story--something like six animals all crowd into a single mitten? I wasn't born yesterday. (I was born six weeks ago.) But Mom says it's just fun and whimsical and sometimes with books we have to suspend our disbelief and use our imaginations. Fair enough. -M
Sep 27, 2015 Arcturus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
দাদুর দসতানাতে কুটুর কুটুর নেংটে ইঁদুর,লমফ মহারাজ বযাঙ,দৌঁড়বাজ খড়গোশ,শেয়াল পনডিত,চোখা-নাক নেকড়ে বাঘ, ঘোঁৎ-ঘোঁতানি শুঁয়োর আর কমপজবর ভাললুক।
একদম ছোট বইটাতে চমৎকার সব ছবি আঁকা।
Feb 18, 2017 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this book as a kid and thinking it was hilarious. It came back in at the library today and I totally took a moment to reread it. It was still hilarious. I also loved the style of artwork used.
Jamie Therriault
Estimate of age level of interest: pre K-3rd grade
Estimate of reading level: 2nd-4th grade depending on the individual

Brief Description: Nicki has his grandmother make him a pair of mittens. When he drops one it becomes the warm, shared, home to many cold animals.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book:
An excellent picture book has illustrations that not only correspond with the words of the story, but also extend the story. The i
Sara Andrews
The Ukrainian Folktale “The Mitten” is about a little boy, Nicki, and his Grandmother, Baba. Nicki wanted his Grandmother to make him mittens white as snow. Baba is worried that Nicki will lose his mittens in the snow. However, Baba finally gives in and knits him a pair or mittens. Nicki goes outside to play and it doesn’t take long before he drops one in the snow. A mole finds the mitten and tunnels his way in making himself cozy and warm. Then a rabbit comes along and next a hedgehog. All tryi ...more
Samantha Hagler
Great book with great illustrations! This story is based on a Ukranian folk tale, and begins with a young boy named Nicky who asks his grandmother, Baba, to knit him a pair of snow-white mittens so that he could go out and play. Baba insists that he will easily lose them, but Nicky trots off to play in the snow anyways. Along the way, Nicky loses one of his mittens in which several animals come along to snuggle inside and get warm. A mole is the first animal to spot the mitten, and then comes a ...more
The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale about a boy, Nikki, who wants snow-white mittens. His grandmother is weary about making him snow-white mittens because they can easily get lost in the snow, but she makes him a pair anyway. While Nikki plays outside he loses one of his mittens in the snow. Then one at a time a mole, a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear, and a meadow mouse find Nikki’s mitten and squeeze inside for warmth. The meadow mouse tickles the bear’s nose and causes him ...more
I walk to my school every day. Often times when I am walking I think about my lessons and class. The other day while I walked to school I was talking on the phone. When I was turned the corner to walk into my school building, I realized that because of my free hand needed to talk on the phone, I had dropped my mitten. Immediately, I started to laugh and turned around in search of my fallen mitten (it was about 7:05 am so there had not been much foot traffic on the sidewalk so I knew I'd find it) ...more
Caroline Downer
Oct 30, 2013 Caroline Downer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional-book
I remember reading The Mitten as a young girl and I loved this book. The story line is very simple, but very fitting for young children. It is repetitive, which makes it a great read aloud as well as a good book to read alone. The illustrations make this story come alive, especially as we can see each animal make their way into the mitten while it grows in size. The pictures span the entire page with such great detail! This book involves animals as well, which is a popular theme among children. ...more
I am finally delving into the works of Jan Brett and this was a wonderful introduction! I would have been four when this one was first published, so I may have read it as a child, but I can't honestly recall. And as beloved as they have been through the years, I know something is currently super popular when I see it in the small selection of books at the grocery store as I saw several of Brett's winter/Christmas titles yesterday.

Anyway, this is a gorgeously illustrated Ukrainian folk tale. I e
Jul 17, 2011 Ellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The wonderful Jan Brett's version of a Ukrainian fairy tale The Mitten is satisfying in so many ways. I have used it wish students of a variety of levels-as a simple and charming fairy tale to older students studying the form and learning how powerful the art of illustration is and how critical it is in the successful performance of a story.

These illustrations are magical as they tell the story of a common object in an uncommon way and reveal the magic that resides in the most ordinary of object
Noah Rucks
Feb 24, 2015 Noah Rucks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to my brother. I used to love this book when I was a kid. I think it's a cute book with great illustrations. I would recommend this book to kids that are just learning how to read and want a cute little story!

"In The Mitten" a boy named Nicki drops his mitten in the snow. Then a bunch of creatures try to fit into the mitten. First, a mole craws in. Next, a rabbit, badger, and then a bunch of other animals crawled in that made the mitten bigger. Finally, a big bear tries to clim
Kiley Akey
Jan 11, 2015 Kiley Akey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book a 4 stars for a children's book. I used to love this book when I was a kid and I still do. I think it's a cute book with great illustrations. I would recommend this book to kids that are just learning how to read and want a cute little story!

In The Mitten a boy named Nicki drops his mitten in the snow. Then a bunch of creatures try to fit into the mitten. First a mole cries in. Next a rabbit, badger, and then a bunch of other animals that keep getting bigger. Finally a bi
Crystal Marcos
The mitten was a retelling of a Ukrainian winter Folktale. I read this one to my little girl who enjoyed the animals and the snow. I enjoyed the illustrations more than the folktale itself. I thought it was a creative touch to add the mitten windows which allowed you to catch a glimpse of what was going on inside or outside of the cottage. Although not a Christmas tale, the colors chosen to create the illustration definitely reminded me of Christmas.

The story is cute; a lost glove and animals of
Elaine Shipley-pope
When I saw this book I had to snag it for the kiddos. I remember this book when I was much younger and I always liked this book and the others that Jan Brett has to offer. Just like their mother before them, my children loved it. They just thought it was so silly and adorable. A young boy has lost his mitten and several animals try to take cover in it. The story is a good one and the illustrations fit it so well. This book has most definitely joined the bed time story rotation.
Alyssa Paulson
Feb 11, 2016 Alyssa Paulson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read! All of the illustrations are wonderful, as they extend and support the story. It was super neat how the sides of each page foreshadows the next animal to enter the mitten, as well as shows Nicki's search for his white mitten (each side of the page has a mitten where it shows these two things). Overall, it was a classic storybook that I believe students would enjoy to read, as well as see the incredible and unique illustrations.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 04, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: storytellers
I love reading this book in storytime. I love Jan Brett's intricate borders that give you a preview of the next animal to make an appearance.
I have the kids act out the story by pretending that the storytime quilt is the mitten, and having all the kids get under it. At the end, I bring out my mouse puppet, and tickle all the kids noses to make them "sneeze", and then I fling up the quilt and have the kids run around. Great fun!
Nov 18, 2015 Dewey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: st-winter
I'm a sucker for pretty much anything at all that mentions knitting, so of course I like this book. It also happens to have amazing illustrations and a cute, funny story about a bunch of animals cramming themselves into a lost mitten and then getting sneezed out. As a final bonus, it would make a fun flannel board activity. Win-win-win!
Dec 05, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
We have the board book version of this, and it's one of our favorites. Jan Brett's books are wonderful, and I love the illustrations in the outer margins - they really tell the entire story without words.
Seon Kim
After I read this book, I created paper mittens for children. Then, we measured the heights of children by using the mittens. Children were partnered with another and they measured each other.
S M Hridoy
Love the illustrations and the translation is really good.

if i read this book in my childhood , i would definitely give 5 star.
Laura McLoughlin
What a fun story! The illustrations are beautiful. An excellent storytime choice!
Mar 05, 2008 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pb-seasonal
The illustrations are incredible, and the story is fun to read. Like all folktales, it has elements of the fantastic and practical
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With over thirty three 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 reme
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