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The Mitten

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  53,028 ratings  ·  699 reviews
In Jan Brett's wintertime favorite The Mitten, 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, the ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 31st 1999 by Hodder Wayland (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
Beth Sniffs Books
Not every children’s story has to have a deep meaning or lesson to impart. THE MITTEN is a fairly straight-forward and simple story, but it’s a fun and sweet one. The illustrations are beautiful — and the page design is clever too! I love how each page spread has mitten shaped “windows” to give readers a peek as to what’s happening and about to happen next. For example, on the left hand side, readers get to see what kind of adventures the little boy, Nicki, who hasn’t realized he lost his mitten ...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
Kiley Akey
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
Noah Rucks
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
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
Because their are few children's books from his culture, my grandfather from Ukraine used to read this to me when I was a little girl ALL the time, and hearing about it in class from another group doing Russian folk literature made me remember how much I have always loved it. This book is good for young, young children up to probably 4 or 5 years old. This story is about a boy named Nicki whose grandmother sews him mittens that are as white as snow. He loses one mitten in the snow, and various a ...more
Dree Kinder
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a simple and fun children's book. The main character in the book begins with a young boy who wants his grandma to knit him mittens that are as white as the snow. She is convinced that he will lose his new mittens, and she was correct. As the boy leaves for the day in the beginning of the book, he loses a mitten, and that is when animals become the main characters of the story.

The moral of the story was sharing, because as each new animal approached the mitten, the othe
The Mitten is a story of a young boy who begs his grandmother to make him snow white mittens. She at first refuses because she says he will lose but gives in to his request. The first day he is out with his mittens, he drops one in the snow. Slowly, animals begin to find the mitten and push their way inside to stay warm. Even a bear snuggles inside the mitten! I enjoyed this picture book and I think that students would enjoy it as well. The repetitiveness of the animals huddling inside the mitte ...more
Lauren Carlson
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a Ukrainian folktale about a little boy, Nicki, that wanted a new pair of mittens. He asked his grandma to knit him a new pair of white mittens, after being worrisome that he would lose the mittens the grandma made the mittens for Nicki. He ran outside and played with his new mittens on. After a while Nicki lost one of the mittens. As the story goes on, animals in the forest come and take over the mitten. One by one the animals climb into the mitten. The animals all st ...more
Megan Cureton
The Mitten is a book about a boy who loses his white mitten in the snow and doesn't even realize it. Throughout the book, different types of animals crawl in the mitten to keep warm from the cold weather, including an owl, fox, and bear to name a few. When the animal sneezes, everyone goes flying out of the mitten and the mitten shoots into the air. The boy sees his mitten in the air and grabs it and finally has his missing mitten returned and the animals go about their way. This story is good f ...more
Summary: "Baba, Nicki's grandmother, knits pure white mittens for him, even though she is afraid that he will lose them in the snow. Sure enough, the first time Nicki is out, he drops one and some animals promptly move into its snug wool interior. First comes a mole, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear and, finally, a mouse. That mouse tickles the bear's nose and he sneezes, dislodging all of the animals at once. Nicki finds his mitten, and takes it home, but Baba is left ...more
Valentin Eni
Povestea asta o cunosc de mic şi îmi place. Doar că în versiunea adaptată de Jan Brett animalele sunt puţin diferite şi apare bunica şi nepotul. Grafica cărţii este extraordinară, unele elemente sunt reproduse aproape fotografic, iar faţa bunicăi parcă îmi aminteşte de autoare.
Am recitit şi versiunea originală a poveştii cu această ocazie.


русская народная сказка
(Украинская народная сказка)

Шёл дед лесом, а за ним бежала собачка. Шёл дед, шёл, да и
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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
The best part of this tale is the endless times you can read this over and over with a child. A dramatic play can be added on or individual puppet play...lots can be adapted from this Ukranian folk tale. It is very realistic in illustration and heart content. It is repeated steps of animals squeezing into a found mitten in the snow that makes it adorable and compelling to children. I believer the illustrations of great detail and realistic appearances appeals to the older reader just as much or ...more
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
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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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