The Mitten Board Book Edition

The Mitten Board Book Edition

by Jan Brett

Board Book

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The bestselling modern classic, in a sturdy board book edition perfect for little hands.

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.

"Grandmother knits snow-white mittens that Nikki takes on an adventure. Readers will enjoy the charm and humor in the portrayal of the animals as they make room for each newcomer in the mitten and sprawl in the snow after the big sneeze."
-The Horn Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399231094
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/04/1996
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 22,634
Product dimensions: 5.02(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 1 - 2 Years

About the Author

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."

Read an Excerpt


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.


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.
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The Mitten Board Book Edition 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated Ukrainian story about a little boy who loses one of the mittens that his grandmother knitted for him. With time one by one animals find their way into the mitten to keep warm. The ending is delightful. The illustrations are colorful and will delight children with the progression of animals "moving in."
lizbeth813 More than 1 year ago
Young children love this story and it holds their attention. I enjoy this book too.
dyr More than 1 year ago
Keep this as a 'classic' for every one of your children and grandchildren. Perfect as a quick read, bedtime or at grandparents home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We like this book because it has lots of interesting forest animals in it. Since we are from Texas we don't get to see snow very much, but Jan Brett puts so much detail into her pictures that we feel like we are in the snow too! In this story a boy asks for snow white mittens. He loses one in the snow. The animals begin to go into the mitten and it gets crowded. Read this great story to find out what happens inside!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The bilingual children from Ukraine, Russia and Moldava loved this book when I read it to them. I told them that it was based on an Ukrainian folktale and they were so happy to hear this! Although they could not understand all the words in English, they did comprehend the detailed pictures and they laughed very hard. Laughter is a universal language !
Rowboat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Mitten is another one of my son's favorite stories. The illustrations are lovely. It's a great story for cuddling as all of the animals, big and small, cuddle up inside the mitten.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a retelling of a classic folktale about a boy who loses his mitten. As he plays, all sorts of animals squeeze in, until finally they burst out.One of Brett's strengths is in the detail she crams into every page. For example, in this book the sidebar of every left-hand page shows how the boy, Nicki, accidentally dislodges the next animal to go visit his mitten, and on the right-hand page the sidebar shows that animal running towards the mitten.Unfortunately, I'm not certain that the level of detail Brett goes into is particularly well-suited for board books. The text is simple enough for a very young child to sit through and understand, but all the same, you might be better off waiting until they're old enough for a real copy of this book.
sumrzoff More than 1 year ago
Just love to see response of new mom when she reads about Baba (our name for grandmother). Have given several as baby gifts.
ShopGirlST More than 1 year ago
I am using this for my Holiday Season collection. It is a perfect addition and the pictures are great.
just-pondering More than 1 year ago
My two grandchildren love this book!! Jan Brett's illustrations are always marvelous. This book is no exception.
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armympwife2005 More than 1 year ago
I love Jan Brett's illustrations and this is one of my favorites! My 3 year old and 1 year old both love me to read this book out loud and always laugh when the little mouse gets on the bear's nose and makes him sneeze. This is a great book for anytime, even though it is set during the winter, and in fact I picked up an extra one to give to my nieces. One of the best books we own - definitely worth the money!
klh More than 1 year ago
Purchased this book for our grandson and he loves it ~ I do too. Fun to read and fun to talk about the animals and the story. He alread had The Hat and this was a great addition to his book collection. Recommend!
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