The Mitten; A Ukranian Folktale

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.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

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


Little Kid Reaction

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

Parent 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.

Type of Book:
This is a story that seems to be predictable, but has a surprise or two and is enjoyable all the same.
Educational Themes:

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

Reading Level:
3.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with child three years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. At least at first. This is a nice story, but its seasonal nature may limit its shelf-life.

Title The Mitten: A Ukranian Folktale
Author Jan Brett
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers © 1989
Illustrators Jan Brett
ISBN 039921920X
Material Hard Cover
Genres Animal Character, Fables and Folklore, Seasons
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