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THE MITTEN; A Ukranian Folktale

Author: Jan Brett, adapted by

Illustrator: Jan Brett

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Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Nicki's grandmother knit a pair of mittens that were white as snow. The first time Nicki wore them, he quickly lost one mitten, but several woodland friends (large and small) found and shared it. This is a story that seems to be predictable, but has a surprise or two and is enjoyable all the same.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book, playtime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 3.2

Age of Child: Started reading with child three years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Because our preschooler loves the outdoors and snow, s/he was particularly taken with this story. It's a regular request at bedtime.

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are incredible, and the story is fun to read. Like all folktales, it has elements of the fantastic and practical … all with a happy ending.

Pros: The illustrations are quite detailed, with pictures on the edges that tell you what is coming next. The story moves quickly, and there are bits of humor surrounding the mitten.

Cons: None, really. Some may be overwhelmed by the margin illustrations.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. At least at first. This is a nice story, but its seasonal nature may limit its shelf-life.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHEN WINTER COMES: A LULLABY   WHO'S THAT KNOCKING ON CHRISTMAS EVE   ON A WINTRY MORNING

Educational Themes: The story is such that there are ways to weave in winter habits of animals, animal identification, and being responsible.

Literary Categories: Fiction - winter, animal characters, fables and folklore

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2004

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