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The Mitten 20th Anniversary Edition

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  50,644 ratings  ·  647 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, 32 pages
Published October 5th 2009 by Putnam Juvenile (first published 1989)
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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
Jan 13, 2011 Candice rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
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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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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I really really want to give this 5 stars because I really enjoyed it but deep down inside I do not have the enthusiasm to give it a full blown 5! This is supposedly a Ukrainian folklore story and it was so heart warming and cute. I actually laughed at one point which I realize helps anyone to get in touch with their child innocence.

This story is about a boy name Nicki who wants a pair of white color mittens. His grandmother refuses to make it because she believes he will lose it since the color
Abby Spiel
On a white, winter day, a boy named Nicki asks his Baba if she could knit him some new wool mittens. Nicki didn't want just any mittens though; he wanted ones that were white like snow. His Baba warned him that if he loses them they will be hard to find, but Nicki didn't care. He wanted white ones. One day Nicki goes out to play in the snow and go figure, Baba was right. He loses one of his mittens when climbing a tree, but that mitten does not go unworn. It all started with the mole, then came ...more
In this children's picture book by author/illustrator Jan Brett, a Ukranian folktale is retold in delightfully drawn images of animals frolicking in a snowy winter wonderland. The protagonist, young Nicki, wants snow white mittens and though his grandmother at first refuses on account of the likelihood he'll lose them in the snow, Baba relents and knits him the mittens.

After dropping it first thing out the door, a mole finds the lost wool mitten and makes it a temporary home in the cold. It is s
Emily Sirota
In The Mitten written by Jan Brett, the story starts out with Nicki dropping a mitten in the snow. Little did he know that this mitted would become home to many homeless animals. When Nicki realizes that the mitten is gone he starts searching, you can see this through the boarder of the pages. One by one the animals start to pile into the glove, this starts to stretch out the glove more and more until it hits maximum capacity. This then leads to a surprising ending.

This book has amazing illustra
Ashley Pantazopoulos
I LOVE this short children book! This is the type of book my mom red to me as a kid and I would giggle about how funny all of the animals were that they were ALL trying to fit into one mitten.
Nicki the main character wanted his grandmother to knit him some mittens. When his grandmother finally did she warns him to not lose them but sure enough the boy looses one of his mittens in the deep white snow right after he left his grandmothers house.

While this story isn't very long I think this is a gre
Natalie O'neill
This book opens with a little boy named Nicki asking his grandmother for special hand-knitted mittens. She finally gives in and makes him very nice mittens, but she tells him he better keep track of them without losing them. While walking through the woods, Nicki loses on of the mittens, and it becomes a small “shelter” for various animals from the size of a field mouse to a bear. When the bear sneezes, all of the animals are scattered out of the mitten, and the mitten is flying through the air. ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
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!
Keani Meier
Nikki wants gloves the color of snow, he asked his grandmother to make him some, and she was reluctant because the gloves would easily get lost in the snow, but she made them anyway. As Nikki made out on his adventure he lost the glove. Animals found the glove as a nice and warm place to hide. First a mole, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear and a field mouse. Will Nikki’s glove be able to hold these animals? Will Nikki get his glove back?
I would use this book to talk abo
The Mitten is an entertaining tale of a little boy who so desperately wants snow white mittens. When he finally convinces his grandma to knit his special mittens, he loses them in the snow. The animals of the forest snuggle into the mitten, one by one, each larger than the last.
The whites, blues, and grays of the landscape enhance the feeling of a cold winter day, while the warm colors of the animals brings a cozy feel to the story. The use of diagonal lines increases as more animals come to
Jeanne O'Hara
Genre: Folk Tale

Like Tomie dePaola, Jan Brett is a wonderful illustrator. Like his book, Finn M'Coul, which is included in this collection, Brett's The Mitten is a folk tale. It is the story of Nicky, who asked his grandmother to knit him white mittens. She argues that white mittens are too easy to lose in the snow, but she eventually makes them for him. It turns out, Grandmother is right--Nicky does lose one of his mittens. The mitten is found by a number of woodland animals, who use it for war
Ruth Sophia
Story: just alright Artwork: top notch

The illustrations are detailed and beautiful - I keeps noticing more things every time I look at this board book with my child! Top notch job there. The story ... meh. Many here complain that the animals are bullied into being let inside the mitten, maybe that's the case in a different version, but that's not true for the board book. The animals do force their way in, but nothing is noted about any creature being scared of another. No young child is going t
A realistically drawn book where a child can follow the story without having to read once the story is known. I love the way side pictures are used so you can see what Nicki is doing and also see what animal is coming into the story (and the mitten) next. The look on the Grandmother's face on the last page is perfect. A wonderfully told story.

Discuss the story:
Did the children guess how stretched the mitten would be? Did they think Nicki would find it? Did the color really matter or was it impor
Tanya Bornstein
How many things can you fit in a mittin?, is the question I always ask. This book is adventurous and fun. The children can guess what animal is going to crawl into the mittin next!

Jan Brett:
She lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts with her husband, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Buffy, her pet hedgehog. She has her own web site ( which has lots of great stuff for children. With over thirty nine million books in print, Jan Brett is on
I absolutely love The Mitten. This was a book I read as a child growing up and always have enjoyed. It was fun to read it recently and reflect on my childhood and to be able to recognize how much a part children's books were a part of my life. I think that The Mitten is a great book for children to read anywhere from preschool to 2nd grade. I think that if a parent or teacher is reading to them in the earlier years it is a great book that children can follow along well with the pictures and have ...more
The mitten is a Christmas/winter time story that has become a home classic. The book is about a boy who drops his mitten in the woods and all sorts of animals start to get curious. Each animal crawls inside the mitten to explore and one by one, it gets even more stretched out. The unique thing about the story is that all while this is happening to the mitten the little boy is drawn in the corner of the books unaware of what is happening to his mitten. The illustrator shows two different point of ...more
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.
This retelling of the old Ukrainian folktale is one for readers of all ages. Little Nicki wants mittens as white as snow but his Baba is nervous that he will lose them outside. Following her fears, the first day Nicki has his snow white mittens he drops one and is unable to find it. As time goes on a few animals decide to make Nicki's mitten their home and this is the story of his mitten's journey.

Jan Brett's painting in this story are incredibly beautiful. They go into so much detail that you c
This book has clear and rich art-work. This has the perfect humor for children of various ages. The facial expressions on the animal's are priceless. The cover art is humorous in that you wouldn't expect that the thought going through all of these large animals is to force their bodies into a child's mitten (and of course all the mouse has to do is sit on top of the bears nose and everything explodes. I love how all of the animals share a camaraderie of trying to get inside the mitten. There are ...more
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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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