The Mitten


In Jan Brett’s classic children’s book, The Mitten, she adapts and illustrates a popular Ukrainian folktale. One day Nicki drops one of the white mittens his Baba knitted for him. Soon, woodland animals begin to investigate the little mitten forgotten on the snow. A mole crawls into the mitten first to stay snug and warm. He is soon followed by a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, and a bear! The animals are warm and cozy (and a little squished) until a little meadow mouse comes along and tickles the bears. The bear’s mighty sneeze sends the animals and the mitten flying! Jan Brett’s unique border images inspired by Ukrainian folk art give playful clues as to what animal will fit into the mitten next.

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