The Mitten by Jan Brett

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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 the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki in the boarders of each page, walking through the woods unaware of what is going on.

Once again Jan Brett has created a dramatic and beautiful picture book in her distinctive style. She brings the animals to life with warmth and humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights and details faithful to the Ukrainian tradition from which the story comes.
 

About Jan Brett

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Jan Brett (www.janbrett.com) is the beloved New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of many books for children. She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.
 
Published October 5, 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Annie's remaining red mitten and the one in her pictured daydreams about what might have become of the other make up the only bits of color in these nicely contained line drawings as the little girl searches through the snow with her shaggy dog Oscar for the fifth mitten she has lost this winter.

Apr 15 1974 | Read Full Review of The Mitten

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In comparison to Tresselt's lively rendition, a diffuse, wordy retelling of this favorite tale, with the boy getting his much-stretched mitten back.

Sep 27 1989 | Read Full Review of The Mitten

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Based on a Ukrainian folk tale, this is a variant on the old straw that broke the camel's back.

Aug 28 1964 | Read Full Review of The Mitten

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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 promp

Jan 22 2014 | Read Full Review of The Mitten

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SIZE smALL Jan Brett's 1989 The Mitten is now available in a board-book edition, for littlest readers. Adapted from a Ukrainian folktale, the story centers on a mitten dropped in the snow which become

Oct 02 1996 | Read Full Review of The Mitten

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