The Mitten Tree

The Mitten Tree

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by Candace Christiansen, Greenstein Elaine
     
 

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“A good bedtime tale for a cold winter night.”—School Library Journal

One snowy day an elderly woman, Sarah, watches children gathering at the bus stop. While they never seem to notice her, she notices them, especially one little boy who has no mittens. That night, Sarah knits the boy a pair of cozy mittens and places them on the blue

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“A good bedtime tale for a cold winter night.”—School Library Journal

One snowy day an elderly woman, Sarah, watches children gathering at the bus stop. While they never seem to notice her, she notices them, especially one little boy who has no mittens. That night, Sarah knits the boy a pair of cozy mittens and places them on the blue spruce tree for him to discover. It soon becomes a game, with the children looking for new mittens on the mysterious tree every morning, and Sarah joyfully knitting new ones each night. With its touching message and delightful illustrations, adults and children will enjoy this intergenerational tale for years to come.

Candace Christiansen grew up in the Hudson River Valley and was educated at the College of Saint Rose and Cornell University. She has been a teacher of chemistry, math, weaving, and spinning at the Hawthorne Valley School for twenty years and is currently the head of the Fiber Department at Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts.

Elaine Greenstein began making children’s books about fifteen years ago and is the author and illustrator of the popular Ice Cream Cones for Sale. She lives with her husband, Jose, in Brooklyn, New York.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Warm hands signify a warm heart in this tale of generosity. Old Sarah, whose children have grown and moved away, longs for the company of young people. She watches the neighbor children leave for school each morning, but they pay her no mind. When Sarah notices that one boy has no mittens, she knits him a pair and hangs them on the blue spruce tree near the bus stop. Thus begins a tradition of sorts, with Sarah leaving woolly surprises for each child on the "mitten tree" throughout the winter. And to her joy, the children secretly leave Sarah a ribbon-wrapped basket of new wool. Christiansen's (The Ice Horse) text approaches the heartwarming level but falls short in its resolution: Sarah remains alone (though she now has knitting to keep her occupied during the cold months). While kind gestures are reciprocated (albeit to the children's advantage since the wool yields more mittens), the characters in the story don't ever really interact. Greenstein's (Mrs. Rose's Garden) pastels have a rough-hewn, homespun texture well-suited to the textile theme here. Creamy tints of salmon pink, powder blue, evergreen and dijon yellow create a sense of warmth and cheer amidst a snowy backdrop. Ages 6-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
On a snowy day, Sarah notices from her window, one little boy at the bus stop who does not take part in the snow games. She realizes that he doesn't have any mittens. So, she sets to work to make a pair for him. The next morning, before the children arrive at the bus stop, she hangs them on a blue spruce tree at the bus stop. He sees them and puts them on. She notices others that need mittens, so, everyday while they are at school she knits a pair and places them on the tree early in the morning, so one will see her. This continues until she runs out of yarn. However, when she places her last set of mittens on the tree she returns home to find a basket of yarn at her doorstep. Who places it there? Has someone seen her?
School Library Journal
PreS-KOne winter day, elderly Sarah notices a young boy at the bus stop without mittens, so she knits him a pair and leaves them on a tree where he'll find them. She continues to knit (anonymously) and leaves mittens for the children who need them. One day, a large basket of yarn is left on her doorstep, enabling her to continue her work. The story is well told, warm without being treacly. The scratchy illustrations are done in crisp, winter colors. A good bedtime tale for a cold winter night after playing all day in the snow.Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555917333
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
140,405
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Candace Christiansen grew up in the Hudson River Valley. Educated at the College of Saint Rose and Cornell University, she became interested in weaving and fiber arts while living in South Westerlo, New York, where she raised four children and forty sheep. Elaine Greenstein began making children's books about 15 years ago and is the author and illustrator of the popular Ice Cream Cones for Sale. Currently, she is working on a book about Konrad Lorenz. Greenstein also had stints as a pastry chef and a sculptor. She lives with her husband, Jose, in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Mitten Tree 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
hlknable More than 1 year ago
For Wat i pd u would think it would b more than 9 pages..
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