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The Mitten by [Brett, Jan]
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The illustrations are exquisite . . . a charming lap book to be pored over again and again. "School Library Journal"

Readers will sit back and suspend belief and welcome this tall tale from the Ukrainian tradition. "Publishers Weekly"

?The illustrations are exquisite . . . a charming lap book to be pored over again and again. "School Library Journal"

?Readers will sit back and suspend belief and welcome this tall tale from the Ukrainian tradition.? ?"Publishers Weekly"

"The illustrations are exquisite . . . a charming lap book to be pored over again and again." - "School Library Journal"

"Readers will sit back and suspend belief and welcome this tall tale from the Ukrainian tradition." - "Publishers Weekly"

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."


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."


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8606 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YE94IU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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Format: Board book
Jan Brett's beautiful and intricately detailed illustrations bring this Ukranian folk tale to life! In the story, a young boy drops a white mitten in the snow. One by one, various animals squeeze into the warm mitten to keep warm, and every time, the mitten stretches even more. Finally, a small animal moves in, and causes another animal to sneeze, sending the entire group flying from the mitten! Later, Nikki finds his mitten, and hurries home to his grandma, whose expression is the best, as she looks at the stretched mitten! Wonderful story, but evern more wonderful illustrations!
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Format: Hardcover
My Mother's most famous classic, MITTENS, has been re-issued keeping all the original illustrations and hand-set type. Even fellow artists were amazed that all the illustrations were done Japanese style on wet paper in a matter of moments, without any corrections. This technique gives the "furry" quality and also allowed my Mom to finish the watercolor before the kitties jumped on her lap. Mittens was a real family kitten and my brother, Steven, and our Grandmother Daisy all appear in the book, as well as all the different kinds of cats that add to the plot.
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Format: Hardcover
As American Library Association, Booklist Magazine Best Children's Books of the 1980s and New Yorker Magazine Best Children's Books 1989, The Mitten continues to delight the young and the young at heart worldwide with its story, which is based on an ancient, popular Ukrainian classic folktale, and continues to be handed down generation to generation not only in Ukraine, but also worldwide. This handsome 1989 coffee-table edition with delightful illustrations by acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Jan Brett is an artistic adaptation which depicts not only the distinctive Ukrainian colorful costumes and artistic motifs, but also adheres to the Ukrainian spirit by utilizing text which Ukrainian characters would speak. This edition of The Mitten places the reader in a uniquely Ukrainian environ while retelling the enchanting, enthralling, enjoyable tale to today's toddlers, who are sure to enjoy it as much as toddlers did in days of yore.

Recommended for ages 4-8, The Mitten is a picture book based on a favorite Ukrainian folktale, a classic children's story handed down through the generations, which teaches about friendship and sharing. This Ukrainian folktale is so popular, in fact, that not only various versions of the book are sold, but finger puppets, and interactive CD-ROMs are also available.

In this adaptation by Jan Brett, the mitten's owner is a young Ukrainian boy named Nicki who asks his grandmother, Baba, to make him a pair of white mittens. At first his Baba is reluctant to knit them in white since she says that if dropped on snow, they'll be difficult to find. But Nicki persists, and eventually his Baba knits him a pair of warm, white mittens. Not long after, while playing, Nicki inadvertently leaves behind one of his warm, white mittens.
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Format: Board book
My two and a half year old granddaughter made me read this story over and over. She wouldn't take off the mittens, even wearing them to bed. The pictures are wonderful and if played up by the reader, they increase the interest in the story. This would be a great Christmas present.
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Format: Board book
In the deep Ukrainian wintertime, very little stirs.
But some are still awake in the snow - rabbits and foxes and bears.

Nicki's missing mitten becomes home to various creatures,
And he only gets it back when the big bear sneezes.

Beautiful folkish drawings bring this humorous tale to life.
But this board book version's ABRIDGED - so four stars only, not five.
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By Ash on 17 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was a lovely story which my class of 4 year olds really enjoyed. I bought a hardback edition because it would be more durable for this agegroup. However when I received it in the post, one of the corners had been damaged. Despite sending emails complaining about this, I have never had any feedback. This is the first time I have had a problem with an order.
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Format: Board book
I bought this book for my children as their father is Ukrainian and I wanted to be able to read to them a tale from his childhood. My son loves this book and we enjoy discussing which animal will crawl into the mitten next. The illustrations are lovely.
I bought it as a used book but the condition was as new.
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Format: Paperback
The story of a boy who loses his new mitten in the snow and various creatures find a use for it... Stunning illustrations (can't say enough about them really), wry storytelling and heaps of info on winter animals.
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