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The Mitten

Written & illustrated by Jan Brett
5.08 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.3 / 5.0
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What's The Mitten About

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The bestselling modern classic, in an oversized board book edition perfect for sharing.

When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.

One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.

As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki in the borders of each page, walking through the woods unaware of what is going on.

In her distinctive style, Jan Brett brings the animals to life with warmth and humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights and details faithful to the Ukrainian tradition from which the story comes.

What Kind of Book is The Mitten

Quotes from The Mitten

  • “The mole, the rabbit, the hedgehog, and the owl were not pleased. There was no room left, but when they saw his diggers, they gave him the thumb.”
  • “The animals were packed in as tightly as could be. But what animal would argue with a bear?”

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Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
4.25 / 7.0
The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.5 / 7.0

This is a shortened version of the classic for board book form, so it’s important to know that going in. The illustrations are the same, but the text has been chopped quite a bit, and in my personal opinion, lost some of its charm.

English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare
6.5 / 7.0

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Who Wrote The Mitten

author & illustrator
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.”

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Book Details

Publication Date:
October 30, 2014
Text Details:
Text set in Bembo.
Illustration Details:
Airbrush backgrounds by Joseph Hearne.
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