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The Mitten

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  59,947 Ratings  ·  825 Reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 5th 1989 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (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
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Ronyell
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
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Candice
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
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
Jamie Therriault
Jul 31, 2015 Jamie Therriault rated it really liked it
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
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Sara Andrews
Nov 08, 2014 Sara Andrews rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
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
Stephanie
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
Jan 11, 2015 Kiley Akey rated it really liked it
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
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Noah Rucks
Mar 26, 2015 Noah Rucks rated it really liked it
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
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Yael
Jan 30, 2011 Yael rated it it was amazing
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
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
Samantha Hagler
Jan 30, 2013 Samantha Hagler rated it really liked it
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
Ellie
Jul 17, 2011 Ellie rated it it was amazing
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
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Alyssa Paulson
Feb 11, 2016 Alyssa Paulson rated it it was amazing
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.
Crystal Marcos
Dec 14, 2010 Crystal Marcos rated it liked it
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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Kim-Lost-In-A-Book
Dec 02, 2015 Kim-Lost-In-A-Book rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Very cute children's book. Silly enough to make me giggle out loud in the bookstore while I was reading it. I only wish I had young children to buy this book for.
Miranda
Nov 28, 2015 Miranda rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite picture books from when I was a kid. I picked up a signed copy at Barnes and Noble yesterday and I love it.
Laura McLoughlin
Jan 15, 2016 Laura McLoughlin rated it really liked it
What a fun story! The illustrations are beautiful. An excellent storytime choice!
Seon Kim
Jul 07, 2015 Seon Kim added it
Shelves: winter
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.
Susan
Mar 25, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: storybook, 2016
I bumped this one up for the art work involved (from somewhere between one and two stars).

I remember a different version of this story from when I was a little girl. I remember that I mostly enjoyed it but was also bothered by the idea of the animals all fitting in the mitten (and in that version there was no bear or fox, just small animals, plus the mitten was a beautiful bright red colour).

It still bothers me that all of those animals supposedly fit into the mitten, especially as this version
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Samantha Williamson
Mar 05, 2016 Samantha Williamson rated it it was amazing
The Mitten, adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett is a Ukrainian Folktale that begins with a young boy named Nicki who asks his Baba (grandmother) to knit him a pair of mittens from wool as white as snow. Baba knits pure white mittens for him, even though she is afraid that he will lose them in the snow. Sure enough, on his first trip outside, Nicki drops one of the mittens and it is left behind. The lost mitten becomes shelter for many woodland creatures; from a mole to a bear and everything in ...more
Mackenzie Ford
Feb 29, 2016 Mackenzie Ford rated it really liked it
Title: The Mitten
Author: Jan Brett
Illustrator: Jan Brett
Genre: European Folklore, Concept Book
Theme(s): Animals, Family, Folklore, Fiction, Cooperation, Ukrainian Folktale
Opening Line/Sentence:
Once there was a boy named Nicki who wanted his new mittens made from wool as white as snow.

Brief Book Summary:
This story is about a boy who wanted his grandmother to knit him white mittens. The boy lost his mitten in the white snow and then a mole, a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bea
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Danielle Bartelmay
Nov 15, 2015 Danielle Bartelmay rated it really liked it
Shelves: literacy
This is a story of a young boy, Nicki, who wants snow white mittens from his grandmother, but she fears he will lose them if they are the same color as the snow. He loses the mitten in the snow and various forest animals find it and take refuge inside of it. The last animal, a little mouse, causes the bear to sneeze and all of the animals fly out of the mitten. The mitten flies through the air and Nicki finds it again before going home to show his grandmother that he has both mittens. This would ...more
YUE LE
Oct 13, 2015 YUE LE rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-european
Title: The Mitten
Author: Jan Brett
Illustrator: Jan Brett
Genre: Non- European folktale
Theme(s): mittens, forest animals, winter
Opening line/sentence: When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.
Brief Book Summary: Nicki’s grandmother knit a pair of snow-white mittens for him, but he loses his mittens in the forest and he has to find it. Some animals see the warm mitten and move into it. The funny climax in the story is the bear sneezes and the fo
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Jenna Zuckerman
FOLKLORE RETELLING:

I have read many folktales as a child; however, this was my first Ukrainian folktale. This folktale is about a little boy Nicki, who begs his mother, Baba, to knit him a pair of white mittens. The grandmother is hesitant about knitting Nicki a pair of white mittens because she is convinced that he will lose them in the snow. Just as the grandmother anticipated, Nicki lost the white mitten in the snow. Numerous animals crawl inside the mitten; however, they complain that there
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Elizabeth
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
Mar 01, 2015 Dree Kinder rated it really liked it
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
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Melissa
Feb 25, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: etec-545-class-2
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
Feb 06, 2015 Lauren Carlson rated it really liked it
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
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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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