The Mitten

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Overview

Millions of readers have fallen in love with Jan Brett’s The Mitten, and over 2.5 million copies have been sold since publication in 1989. This striking oversized anniversary edition with a silver foil jacket and a fresh image of the woodland animals will attract fans old and new, and adult collectors of Jan Brett’s books.

Set in a snowy forest, the fun begins when, one by one, animals crawl into Nicki’s lost white mitten to get warm until the bear sneezes, sending the animals ...

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Overview

Millions of readers have fallen in love with Jan Brett’s The Mitten, and over 2.5 million copies have been sold since publication in 1989. This striking oversized anniversary edition with a silver foil jacket and a fresh image of the woodland animals will attract fans old and new, and adult collectors of Jan Brett’s books.

Set in a snowy forest, the fun begins when, one by one, animals crawl into Nicki’s lost white mitten to get warm until the bear sneezes, sending the animals flying up and out of the mitten. On each turn of the page, Jan hints at what animal is coming next in her signature borders, inspired by Ukrainian folk art.

Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 becomes a refuge for a series of increasingly large animals. The artist's trademark borders and panels showcase finely detailed winter scenes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399252969
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 43,757
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Brett

With over thirty four 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 remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

With over thirty four 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 remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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Read an Excerpt

Mittens


By Jan Brett

Putnam Publishing Group

Copyright © 1998 Jan Brett
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0399234233

Chapter One

Once there was a boy named Nicki. He wanted mittens as white as snow.

"If you drop a white mitten in the snow, it will be hard to find," his grandmother told him.

But Nicki wanted snow-white mittens so much that Baba made them for him.

When she finished knitting, Nicki trot on the mittens and went out to play.

It wasn't long before one mitten fell off.

A little mole found it and crawled inside. It was just the right size, so he decided to stay.

A rabbit came hopping by. He wiggled in next to the mole.

A hedgehog wanted to get warm. The mole and the rabbit made room for him.

The owl didn't want to be left out. So the mole, the rabbit, and the hedgehog had to move over. The little mitten was getting crowded.

A badger looked out of his house and saw the mitten. He climbed right in.

It started to snow, so a fox pushed his way in and made himself right at home.

Then a big bear sniffed at the mitten. The animals were packed in tight, but the bear didn't care.

He crawled in anyway. The mitten was getting bigger and bigger and bigger.

Then a tiny mouse squeezed in and perched herself on the big bear's nose.

The mouse's whiskers tickled the bear's nose. "Aaaaa-aaaaa-ca-chew!" the bear sneezed. All the animals flew out of the mitten.



Continues...


Excerpted from Mittens by Jan Brett Copyright © 1998 by Jan Brett. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    I love this book

    I didn't read the e-book, but the paper one has AMAZING illustrations.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    wow!

    this was a amazing book! i love the pictures and the writing is so lyrical and easy to picture!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    A VERRRRRY STRETCHY MITTEN!

    I purchased this charming Ukrainian Folktale book for the purpose of "telling" it to children ages 7 and 8 at a DPS elementary school where I do storytelling once a month to five classes of combined first/second grade students. However, for kids in this age group, I felt it was necessary to enlarge quite a bit upon the basic story line, which was actually quite easy to do with Baba and Nicki's characters, and even more so with each of the unexpected variety of animals who manage to squeeze their way into that verrry stretchy mitten! My young listeners remained happily engaged and responsive throughout the 'telling' and were also delighted with the marvelous illustrations, which I showed afterwards. The clever illustrations on the sides of each page of this book actually could tell the basic story without the use words at all!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    Cute Story

    I purchased this book for my son right before Christmas last year because he loves Jan Brett stories. I was a little disappointed as the story seemed to keep going on and on and almost seemed a little ridiculous (how could that many animals possibly fit into one mitten). I felt that the story had way too many animal characters and would have been better with about half of what it had. It was a cute story and lesson, though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Love this book

    We adore Jan Brett books in this house, but "The Mitten" is a particular favorite. ("The Hat" is a close second.) A great story about a boy who begs his grandmother to knit him white mittens with the promise he will not lose them. Of course, he loses one, but many woodland friends find it and make it their home. Classic folk story style illustrations with clever hints of what's to come in the sidebar illustrations.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    beautiful story and illustrations. I'm buying this for my Grandd

    beautiful story and illustrations. I'm buying this for my Granddaughter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    "I liked the book because the author made the characters fu

    "I liked the book because the author made the characters funny and come to life.  I would rate it a 4 star book."
    "Jan Brett wrote the book to entertain us, and that means make us laugh.  She also wrote the book so we could follow all the things in order and remember the steps.  I think this book gets 5 stars."
    "The pictures in this book made me see what the words were telling and it was easier to remember who went in the mitten by reading and looking at the pictures.  It is a 5 star book."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    I remember my mom reading this book to me it hold a lot of memor

    I remember my mom reading this book to me it hold a lot of memories and happy warm nights

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

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    One of my favorites!

    This book was one of my favorites growing up! I'm going to buy it for my niece and hope that she loves it just as much as I did when I was a kid.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    Love the book! But......

    To expesnsive, 12$ !?!? Very cute book, but not worth so much money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    Makes you wonder...

    Just like all the authors other stories it makes you wonder, can tha really happen in real life? -Teenreviews

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    tfyf

    i love it because its just a silly story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    kinda

    i kinda liked it. but i liked the pictures.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

    As always her books are fabulous! We read this over and over and they never tire of it.

    Interesting story that children can relate to and it draws their interest and curiosity. The animal characters and little lessons about there differences are quite good. It creates questions and discussion.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    The Best

    Two generations of children in my family have enjoyed this immensely. I recently gave copies to each of the great grandchildren. They love the illustrations and ask to be read this, over and over !

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