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The Mitten

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  88,478 ratings  ·  1,477 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.

As the story of t
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 5th 1989 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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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.…moreRead it every year to my Kindergarten or First Grade children. Standards focus: cause/effect, implicit reasoning, characters' feelings, author's tone.(less)

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Starjustin
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and very imaginative children's book about a grandmother, her grandson, and a pair of white mittens. A winter background with colorful illustrations and a wonderful mix of animals. Truly a magical story that all can enjoy! ...more
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Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Beautifully Perfect ★'s


Oh, I LOVE The Mitten book. This book has always been a favorite of mine especially when I was a kid :) It is such a delightful read. The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale retold by Jan Brett. It's about a young boy named Nicki, who loses his mitten in the snow and his lost mitten becomes a host to a lot of different forest animals! I love all the animals, the little boy, and his grandma and the snowy outdoors. It's the perfect book to read during the winter seasons. I also
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Calista
Reading a Jan Brett novel is like being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold night in front of a fire with cocoa in hand. Tonight both kids were interested in the book. Who can resist looking at those panels on the side and all the details of the book. The hands and faces of the people are incredible.

Both kids gave the book 5 stars. It was a great story they said.

The story is a Ukrainian folk tale and in the intro Jan talks about the stork nest on the roof is a sign of good luck. This is about a
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Jan Brett's The Mitten is according to her informative author's note a combination, an original fusion of several similar Ukrainian folktales (in some of these versions, a group of shivering, cold animals find refuge in a discarded pot, whilst in others, it is a huntsman's lost mitten providing shelter, who then unfortunately also starts shooting at the animals inhabiting his mitten when he goes out into the forest looking for it and discovers that it has become a winter den for a variety of fau ...more
Derrick
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this to my daughter when she was a baby.
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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Julie
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations in this adorable story are ridiculously great. This book is currently on my 4-year-old's "top 10 list." ...more
Crystal Marcos
Dec 14, 2010 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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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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Debbie
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book so much that several of my colleagues and I reenacted this story for the student body at our school!
La Coccinelle
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I can't recall ever reading The Mitten before. I assumed it was a Christmas story, but it's not; it's simply a winter story, set in snowy Ukraine.

A boy named Nicki wants a pair of snow-white mittens. His grandmother is skeptical, thinking he'll lose them in the snow where he won't be able to find them. But he insists, and is gifted with a pair of white mittens. Of course, he promptly loses one, and it becomes a source of comfort for a number of woodland animals, each of them squeezing into the m
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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
Darcy
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Angie Thompson
How many animals can your mitten hold? ;) My favorite part of this story is definitely the intricate illustrations, especially the mitten-shaped windows that give a peek at what is coming next.
Abigail
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jan Brett Fans / Young Folklore Enthusiasts
I am familiar with a number of English-language adaptations of this traditional Ukrainian folktale, in which a series of animals take up residence in a lost mitten. There is the 1964 version by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Yaroslava. There is the mitten-shaped retelling released by Moscow Malysh Publishers in the 1970s, illustrated by E. Bulatov and O. Vasiliev. And then there is this book by Jan Brett, arguably the most popular version of the story, at least here in the United States.

Brett's
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Dianna
Aug 21, 2010 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.
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Karen Witzler
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ukrainian setting about a boy and his grandmother and his snow-white mittens.
Karissa
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading this brought back such great memories of holidays in my childhood spent rereading all of my favorite winter books each year. Beautiful and detailed illustrations. I love the 'windows' the story is told through. ...more
Candice
Jan 13, 2011 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
Ellie
Jul 17, 2011 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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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.
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Judy
Apparently, this is an adaptation of a Ukrainian folktale. Be sure to take a good look at the last page of the book!
Niki (nikilovestoread)
The Mitten by Jan Brett is one of my favorite Jan Brett books. Her illustrations are always beautiful and the story is a fun one. My kids enjoy every reread no matter how many times I pull it out. Just how many animals will fit in that little mitten?!
Heather R
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t have children, but sometimes people donate children’s books to the Little Free Library I steward and I simply have to read them. This book is one of those that I took the time to read, and I am so glad I did. 5 stars for the detailed, lovingly created illustrations, for the fanciful yet not saccharine story, and the sweet, homey message underlying it all. Love conquers all. This year maybe more than ever, children need hopefulness. They need extra love. They need to be taught to share, e ...more
Jillian ❀‿❀
➳ I ADORE woodland stories with animals & snow. The illustrations in this are MAGIC. I love that the little windows within the book (which are BEAUTIFULLY adorned) show the boy's progress as the animals make merry with the mitten in the main illustrations. There's a real sense of depth & movement. x ...more
debbicat *made of stardust*
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Beautiful illustrations. Heartwarming story. Loved it!
Karen
Dec 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: international
3.5

so cute omg, thank you Rogan :)
Bea
Story: 3 stars
Art: 4 stars
Jamie Therriault
Jul 24, 2015 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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Samantha Hagler
Jan 30, 2013 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
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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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