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The Mitten

The Mitten

by Jan Brett

This award-winning book will keep readers toasty-warm on the coldest of nights. Author and illustrator Jan Brett's love of folk and fairy tales is apparent in this beautifully illustrated picture book for little readers. Having carefully researched this Ukrainian tale, she renders each picture with true authenticity.

The story begins with Nicki, a young Ukrainian boy, who hopes that his grandmother will knit him some cozy white mittens. After she makes them for him, she warns that if he loses them, it will be difficult to find them in the snow. Nicki assures her that he won't lose them, but no sooner than he leaves the house, he drops one of them! As he searches for his lovely mitten, something very interesting takes place. The creatures of the forest are slowly making their home in his mitten: a mole, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox — even a bear! They pack themselves in as tight as they can, but a small mouse manages to come in and his whiskers tickle the bear's nose. The bear sneezes, and all of the animals pop out of the mitten, causing it to sail in the air just as Nicki is about to give up. Grabbing the mitten triumphantly, he takes it back to his grandmother's house.

Dramatic and sweet, this book will evoke warm and cozy feelings in readers any time of the year. Perfect to share with little ones, the simplicity of the story shines bright.

Praise for The Mitten

"Nicki's mitten becomes a cozy home for a host of woodland creatures. The illustrations and book design are exquisite, perfectly capturing the wintry setting." — School Library Journal

6, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Putnam Publishing Group
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Number of Pages
Classics, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

About the Author

Jan Brett Jan Brett lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts with her husband, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Buffy, her pet hedgehog.

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