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The Mitten

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  74,041 ratings  ·  1,241 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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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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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!
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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
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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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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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."
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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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
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.
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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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.
Judy
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Apparently, this is an adaptation of a Ukrainian folktale. Be sure to take a good look at the last page of the book!
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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Sara Andrews
Nov 08, 2014 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
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
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
Yael
Jan 30, 2011 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 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
Christine
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
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Dolly
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We've read Jim Aylesworth's version of this story (The Mitten) and so when this book was picked as a December read for the Children's Books group Picture-book club, we were excited to read another version of this story. We enjoyed both of the books very much and as always, we really love Jan Brett's illustrations. The details and little hints of what's to come in the border pictures are a feast for the eyes. We read the 20th Anniversary edition, which includes an author's note at the beginning. ...more
Noah Rucks
Feb 24, 2015 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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Kiley Akey
Jan 11, 2015 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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Elaine Shipley-pope
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-children-s
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 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.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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!
Amelia Williams
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: folktale
Reading this Folktale book as a child was delightful for me. This book is about friendship and helping one another, or that's what I always got from it. That is how my past teachers taught us from this book. We would read it only in the winter. I love the illustrations. The animals are kid friendly and look happy. The colors are kind of dark, I think mainly because of the season in the year-Winter.
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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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