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5

Dec 26, 2018

A beautiful and very imaginative children's book about a grandmother, her grandson, and a pair of white mittens. A winter background with colorful illustrations and a wonderful mix of animals. Truly a magical story that all can enjoy!
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Jan 28, 2018

5 Beautifully Perfect ★'s


Oh, I LOVE The Mitten book. This book has always been a favorite of mine especially when I was a kid :) It is such a delightful read. The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale retold by Jan Brett. It's about a young boy named Nicki, who loses his mitten in the snow and his lost mitten becomes a host to a lot of different forest animals! I love all the animals, the little boy, and his grandma and the snowy outdoors. It's the perfect book to read during the winter seasons. I also 5 Beautifully Perfect ★'s


Oh, I LOVE The Mitten book. This book has always been a favorite of mine especially when I was a kid :) It is such a delightful read. The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale retold by Jan Brett. It's about a young boy named Nicki, who loses his mitten in the snow and his lost mitten becomes a host to a lot of different forest animals! I love all the animals, the little boy, and his grandma and the snowy outdoors. It's the perfect book to read during the winter seasons. I also really enjoyed all the humor. The illustrations are just amazing and the animals are so adorable and each photo is very detailed. This book is super fun to read aloud. It's cute and funny and the ending is perfect! I will forever own this beautiful book too!
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Jul 25, 2018

Reading a Jan Brett novel is like being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold night in front of a fire with cocoa in hand. Tonight both kids were interested in the book. Who can resist looking at those panels on the side and all the details of the book. The hands and faces of the people are incredible.

Both kids gave the book 5 stars. It was a great story they said.

The story is a Ukrainian folk tale and in the intro Jan talks about the stork nest on the roof is a sign of good luck. This is about a Reading a Jan Brett novel is like being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold night in front of a fire with cocoa in hand. Tonight both kids were interested in the book. Who can resist looking at those panels on the side and all the details of the book. The hands and faces of the people are incredible.

Both kids gave the book 5 stars. It was a great story they said.

The story is a Ukrainian folk tale and in the intro Jan talks about the stork nest on the roof is a sign of good luck. This is about a white mitten that is lost in the snow and the animals in the forest. It is humorous. ...more
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Dec 20, 2010

Jan Brett's The Mitten is according to her informative author's note a combination, an original fusion of several similar Ukrainian folktales (in some of these versions, a group of shivering, cold animals find refuge in a discarded pot, whilst in others, it is a huntsman's lost mitten providing shelter, who then unfortunately also starts shooting at the animals inhabiting his mitten when he goes out into the forest looking for it and discovers that it has become a winter den for a variety of Jan Brett's The Mitten is according to her informative author's note a combination, an original fusion of several similar Ukrainian folktales (in some of these versions, a group of shivering, cold animals find refuge in a discarded pot, whilst in others, it is a huntsman's lost mitten providing shelter, who then unfortunately also starts shooting at the animals inhabiting his mitten when he goes out into the forest looking for it and discovers that it has become a winter den for a variety of fauna). But while I have indeed and oh so much enjoyed reading about the genesis of Jan Brett's personal version, of her The Mitten, I do kind of wish that instead of just telling us (showing readers) how she used several different Ukrainian folktale versions of the mitten story and why she chose to include and not include various aspects (such as the fact that she obviously did not want to write a story where someone actually ends up shooting at the sheltering animals), Jan Brett had also listed the specific and actual titles and literary sources of the tales of which she had made use (to create her own adapted and retold version of The Mitten).

However, my minor quibbles that there is no list of specific tale sources and titles quite notwithstanding, both textually and illustratively, The Mitten is indeed truly magical, sweetly entertaining and yes, even gently humorous (with a rabbit, a mole, a European hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox and a bear sharing the warmth of young Nicki's lost white mitten, stretching and restretching it, until finally a diminutive mouse makes the bear sneeze, dislodging all of the animals in one twirling swoop). A fun and cumulative tale is The Mitten, and as such perfect for an entertaining read-aloud (especially in winter), with accompanying illustrations that both realistically and imaginatively present and and show a heavy and snowy Ukrainian winter in all its white glory, as well as the diverse animals that one by one find refuge, shelter and warmth in Nicki's mitten. ...more
4

Nov 19, 2010

To be honest, I felt little enthusiasm for reading this book, but its one of six books for the Children's Books groups Picture Books Club December winter themed books, so I read it.

Im so glad that I did. Its delightful. I loved all the animals, the boy and his grandmother, their house, the snowy outdoors, and most of all, the humor.

The illustrations are very appealing; I loved the animals and I enjoyed all the detail in each picture, and the mini pictures that reveal what is about to happen on To be honest, I felt little enthusiasm for reading this book, but it’s one of six books for the Children's Books group’s Picture Books Club December “winter” themed books, so I read it.

I’m so glad that I did. It’s delightful. I loved all the animals, the boy and his grandmother, their house, the snowy outdoors, and most of all, the humor.

The illustrations are very appealing; I loved the animals and I enjoyed all the detail in each picture, and the mini pictures that reveal what is about to happen on the next page.

This would make a fun read aloud for groups of children or one to one. Comforting and funny and a great twist ending that listeners/readers will relish. ...more
3

Dec 14, 2010

The mitten was a retelling of a Ukrainian winter Folktale. I read this one to my little girl who enjoyed the animals and the snow. I enjoyed the illustrations more than the folktale itself. I thought it was a creative touch to add the mitten windows which allowed you to catch a glimpse of what was going on inside or outside of the cottage. Although not a Christmas tale, the colors chosen to create the illustration definitely reminded me of Christmas.

The story is cute; a lost glove and animals of The mitten was a retelling of a Ukrainian winter Folktale. I read this one to my little girl who enjoyed the animals and the snow. I enjoyed the illustrations more than the folktale itself. I thought it was a creative touch to add the mitten windows which allowed you to catch a glimpse of what was going on inside or outside of the cottage. Although not a Christmas tale, the colors chosen to create the illustration definitely reminded me of Christmas.

The story is cute; a lost glove and animals of all shapes and sizes seeking refuge from the cold.

This is another Picture Book Club read found here http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/4...
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5

Aug 02, 2012

The illustrations in this adorable story are ridiculously great. This book is currently on my 4-year-old's "top 10 list."
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Aug 28, 2010

I have read many folktales from around the world, but this is the first time that I have read a folktale from Ukraine. The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale retold by Jan Brett and it is about how a young boy named Nicki loses his mitten in the snow and his lost mitten soon becomes a host to a great number of forest animals! The Mitten is easily one of the cutest and most beautiful folktales ever told for children!

Jan Brett has certainly outdone herself in this book as she beautifully writes and I have read many folktales from around the world, but this is the first time that I have read a folktale from Ukraine. “The Mitten” is a Ukrainian folktale retold by Jan Brett and it is about how a young boy named Nicki loses his mitten in the snow and his lost mitten soon becomes a host to a great number of forest animals! “The Mitten” is easily one of the cutest and most beautiful folktales ever told for children!

Jan Brett has certainly outdone herself in this book as she beautifully writes and illustrates this cute Ukrainian folktale. Jan Brett makes this folktale extremely cute and hilarious at the same time as the animals of the forest all try to get inside a small mitten to stay warm for the winter and I have to say that at first this story sounded a bit too strange because I was wondering to myself about how can all those animals fit into one small mitten? But, hey, it is a folktale, right? And many folktales were pretty surreal, but that is what made these kinds of stories cult classics in my eyes. Jan Brett has also done a great job at illustrating this book as the illustrations are realistic and beautiful. I loved the way that Jan Brett illustrates the snow covering the forest and you can see the snow hanging off the trees in the forest. But, the image that stood out the most for me was the image of all the animals trying to snuggle up inside the mitten, which kept on getting bigger and bigger as more animals came in (man, Baba’s stitching must have been really strong!)

“The Mitten” is clearly one of those folktales that children will easily laugh along with if they love strange folktales about animals getting into one small mitten! This is surely one of the most imaginative and adorable folktales I have ever read and I am sure that many children will easily enjoy it as much as I have! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book that would cause parents to worry.


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5

Dec 01, 2010

This is the first Jan Brett book I ever read, and not only did I enjoy the story, but the illustrations absolutely captivated me. When I use this in story time now, I have the kids anticipate what will appear on the next page by looking at the sub-story occurring in the side boxes on each page. While Alvin Tresselt did the earliest picture book version of this Ukrainian folktale that I know of, Jan Brett's is better known because of her beautiful illustrations. A perfect winter readaloud, and This is the first Jan Brett book I ever read, and not only did I enjoy the story, but the illustrations absolutely captivated me. When I use this in story time now, I have the kids anticipate what will appear on the next page by looking at the sub-story occurring in the side boxes on each page. While Alvin Tresselt did the earliest picture book version of this Ukrainian folktale that I know of, Jan Brett's is better known because of her beautiful illustrations. A perfect winter readaloud, and highly recommended! ...more
4

Jan 25, 2017

Splendid, highly detailed illustrations. I don't know about the story--something like six animals all crowd into a single mitten? I wasn't born yesterday. (I was born six weeks ago.) But Mom says it's just fun and whimsical and sometimes with books we have to suspend our disbelief and use our imaginations. Fair enough. -M
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May 03, 2019

How many animals can your mitten hold? ;) My favorite part of this story is definitely the intricate illustrations, especially the mitten-shaped windows that give a peek at what is coming next.
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Dec 14, 2018

I am familiar with a number of English-language adaptations of this traditional Ukrainian folktale, in which a series of animals take up residence in a lost mitten. There is the 1964 version by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Yaroslava. There is the mitten-shaped retelling released by Moscow Malysh Publishers in the 1970s, illustrated by E. Bulatov and O. Vasiliev. And then there is this book by Jan Brett, arguably the most popular version of the story, at least here in the United States.

Brett's I am familiar with a number of English-language adaptations of this traditional Ukrainian folktale, in which a series of animals take up residence in a lost mitten. There is the 1964 version by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Yaroslava. There is the mitten-shaped retelling released by Moscow Malysh Publishers in the 1970s, illustrated by E. Bulatov and O. Vasiliev. And then there is this book by Jan Brett, arguably the most popular version of the story, at least here in the United States.

Brett's simple narrative and beautiful illustrations make this picture book an ideal story-hour choice, particularly for very young listeners who find this type of "progression tale" appealing. I cannot say that I myself am the greatest fan of this author/illustrator, but I do think that her bright color palette and detailed side-panels hold the reader's attention. Well worth a look, particularly if read in conjunction with some of the other versions. ...more
5

Aug 21, 2010

This is a perfect children's book in every way. The text is short and simple, and the illustrations tell part of the story. I love the last picture!

I prefer the board book edition: it is shorter and doesn't contain a lot of extra verbiage, perfect for a young child's attention span.
4

Dec 26, 2019

Ukrainian setting about a boy and his grandmother and his snow-white mittens.
4

Nov 09, 2015

Apparently, this is an adaptation of a Ukrainian folktale. Be sure to take a good look at the last page of the book!
4

Dec 14, 2016

When a Ukrainian boy drops his brand new white mitten in the snow, a bunch of wild animals moves into it. Adapted from a Ukrainian folk tale. For this picture book, the typical Jan Brett sidebars are used to relate the boy's story while retaining the page's focus on the animals. Until, near the end, something happens to reverse the lenses. Solid story with beautiful illustrations, though not quite as good as The Hat.
5

Jul 17, 2011

The wonderful Jan Brett's version of a Ukrainian fairy tale The Mitten is satisfying in so many ways. I have used it wish students of a variety of levels-as a simple and charming fairy tale to older students studying the form and learning how powerful the art of illustration is and how critical it is in the successful performance of a story.

These illustrations are magical as they tell the story of a common object in an uncommon way and reveal the magic that resides in the most ordinary of The wonderful Jan Brett's version of a Ukrainian fairy tale The Mitten is satisfying in so many ways. I have used it wish students of a variety of levels-as a simple and charming fairy tale to older students studying the form and learning how powerful the art of illustration is and how critical it is in the successful performance of a story.

These illustrations are magical as they tell the story of a common object in an uncommon way and reveal the magic that resides in the most ordinary of objects, especially in the world of childhood or that part of us that remains open to that beauty and sense of possibility.

I love this book-I think everyone should read it to a child. And if there's no child available, well then read it to the child in you! ...more
5

Jan 13, 2011

This morning while walking my dog I temporarily lost one of my mittens. When I discovered it had fallen out of my pocket, I decided it would be easier to continue our walk and to look for the lost mitten on the way back. I had plenty of time to reflect. As Dude munched on frozen deer poop I thought of all the woodland creatures that inhabit Poplar Forest. Besides the deer there are foxes, squirrels, rabbits, mice, skunks, and who knows what else. I imagined one of them finding the mitten and This morning while walking my dog I temporarily lost one of my mittens. When I discovered it had fallen out of my pocket, I decided it would be easier to continue our walk and to look for the lost mitten on the way back. I had plenty of time to reflect. As Dude munched on frozen deer poop I thought of all the woodland creatures that inhabit Poplar Forest. Besides the deer there are foxes, squirrels, rabbits, mice, skunks, and who knows what else. I imagined one of them finding the mitten and taking it home to warm its family. And of course I thought of The Mitten.

I have read many of Jan Brett's books; her tales are engaging and her illustrations a feast for the eyes. So much color, so much detail. Each page has one big main illustration, but there are illustrations on the sides as well. In The Mitten Nicki, a young Ukranian boy, wanted his grandmother to knit him a pair of white mittens. His grandmother told him that white mittens would be easily lost in the snow. Of course, that's just what happened. Soon a mole finds the mitten, then a rabbit, and a host of other animals. So you have the main picture show what is happening in the story, the left side pictures showing Nicki looking for his mitten, and the right side pictures showing what animal is coming next. It's the perfect story to read on a cold winter day, and maybe also a lesson on why not to ask for white mittens. ...more
5

Dec 28, 2019

One of my absolute favourite winter books as a child. Lovely that Eamon now has his own board book copy.
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Jul 24, 2015

Estimate of age level of interest: pre K-3rd grade
Estimate of reading level: 2nd-4th grade depending on the individual

Brief Description: Nicki has his grandmother make him a pair of mittens. When he drops one it becomes the warm, shared, home to many cold animals.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book:
An excellent picture book has illustrations that not only correspond with the words of the story, but also extend the story. The Estimate of age level of interest: pre K-3rd grade
Estimate of reading level: 2nd-4th grade depending on the individual

Brief Description: Nicki has his grandmother make him a pair of mittens. When he drops one it becomes the warm, shared, home to many cold animals.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book:
An excellent picture book has illustrations that not only correspond with the words of the story, but also extend the story. The illustrations in The Mitten do just that. The illustrations that boarder the page's main illustration show us other things that are going on during the time of the animals moving into the mitten. From the boarder illustrations we can see Nicki searching for his missing mitten, although the text in the story does not tell the reader that. Commonly in a children's book, the main character in the story is a child. In the book, The Mitten, the main character, is a child that has lost his mitten while playing out in the snow. This child and this event are things that child listeners/readers can relate to.
#1 "Throughout the narration the pictures should convey, enhance, and extend the meaning behind the story." (Huck) If a non-reader were to pick this book up, they could view the illustrations and get a good idea of what the book is about. The text goes hand-in-hand with the illustrations; the illustrations enhance the story written in the text. The illustrations and text each tell the same story separately, but together they have much more impact on the reader.
#2 Elements of Design "One way to obtain action in what might otherwise be a static series of pictures is to change the focus, just as a movie camera changes perspective or shows close-ups and then moves back to pan the whole scene." (Huck) In The Mitten, as animals are stuffing into the mitten we get a sense of this element of design. We see it especially when the mitten explodes after the bear sneezes and the the animals go flying out of the mitten. The mitten is bigger and appears closer to the reader along with the flying animals.
In what ways and how well does the book as a whole serve its intended audience?
This is a cute little story with text that builds as the story goes on. We see more and more text on each page as the book progresses and the story builds. The illustrations correspond very nicely with the text on each page, and the boarding illustrations on each page extend the story for the readers and listeners. This is a book that can be viewed and read again and again. ...more
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Nov 08, 2014

The Ukrainian Folktale The Mitten is about a little boy, Nicki, and his Grandmother, Baba. Nicki wanted his Grandmother to make him mittens white as snow. Baba is worried that Nicki will lose his mittens in the snow. However, Baba finally gives in and knits him a pair or mittens. Nicki goes outside to play and it doesnt take long before he drops one in the snow. A mole finds the mitten and tunnels his way in making himself cozy and warm. Then a rabbit comes along and next a hedgehog. All trying The Ukrainian Folktale “The Mitten” is about a little boy, Nicki, and his Grandmother, Baba. Nicki wanted his Grandmother to make him mittens white as snow. Baba is worried that Nicki will lose his mittens in the snow. However, Baba finally gives in and knits him a pair or mittens. Nicki goes outside to play and it doesn’t take long before he drops one in the snow. A mole finds the mitten and tunnels his way in making himself cozy and warm. Then a rabbit comes along and next a hedgehog. All trying to keep themselves cozy and warm. More and more animals wiggle into this tiny little mitten until a tiny little meadow mouse tires to squirm inside and tickles bear’s nose. The bear lets out an enormous sneeze. The force shoots the mitten up into the sky right in front of Nicki. The book ends with only a picture of Baba looking very confused at the stretched out mitten.

“The Mitten” is perfect book for kindergarteners. This book would provide a great opportunity to teach children about predictions. Jan Brett did an excellent job illustrating this skill. In the pictures of the left mitten, on each page, it shows what Nicki is doing. In the pictures, of the right mitten, it reveals what is about to happen next.

Another idea for using this book as a teaching tool would be sequencing or retelling the story. Kindergarteners would be able to use the illustrations and mitten clues to retell this wonderful Folktale. ...more
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Jan 30, 2013

Great book with great illustrations! This story is based on a Ukranian folk tale, and begins with a young boy named Nicky who asks his grandmother, Baba, to knit him a pair of snow-white mittens so that he could go out and play. Baba insists that he will easily lose them, but Nicky trots off to play in the snow anyways. Along the way, Nicky loses one of his mittens in which several animals come along to snuggle inside and get warm. A mole is the first animal to spot the mitten, and then comes a Great book with great illustrations! This story is based on a Ukranian folk tale, and begins with a young boy named Nicky who asks his grandmother, Baba, to knit him a pair of snow-white mittens so that he could go out and play. Baba insists that he will easily lose them, but Nicky trots off to play in the snow anyways. Along the way, Nicky loses one of his mittens in which several animals come along to snuggle inside and get warm. A mole is the first animal to spot the mitten, and then comes a hedgehog, owl, badger, fox, bear, and a mouse all squeeze into this mitten. When the bear sneezes, the animals go flying and so does the mitten. Nicky spots the mitten and grabs it just in time to show his Baba that he has not lost them as she said he would.

This book can be used to teach sequence of events, as well as identifying characters, identifying the setting, and describing what happens in the beginning, the middle, and the end. This story can also be integrated into other areas such as social studies and math. For a social studies lesson the students can learn more about each animal such as where they live, what they like to eat, and what exactly they look like. For a math activity for first grade students, they can solve the following math problem: "There are 8 animals inside the mitten. How many total legs are there?" This requires them to remember the characters that were apart of the story, as well as how many legs each animal has. ...more
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Apr 09, 2014

The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale about a boy, Nikki, who wants snow-white mittens. His grandmother is weary about making him snow-white mittens because they can easily get lost in the snow, but she makes him a pair anyway. While Nikki plays outside he loses one of his mittens in the snow. Then one at a time a mole, a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear, and a meadow mouse find Nikkis mitten and squeeze inside for warmth. The meadow mouse tickles the bears nose and causes him to The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale about a boy, Nikki, who wants snow-white mittens. His grandmother is weary about making him snow-white mittens because they can easily get lost in the snow, but she makes him a pair anyway. While Nikki plays outside he loses one of his mittens in the snow. Then one at a time a mole, a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear, and a meadow mouse find Nikki’s mitten and squeeze inside for warmth. The meadow mouse tickles the bear’s nose and causes him to sneeze. All of a sudden the animals burst out of the mitten and the mitten shoots into the sky. Nikki sees his mitten floating in the blue sky and quickly runs over to get it. He returns home and his grandmother checks for his mittens.

Jan Brett’s The Mitten is a classic picture book that uses illustrations to help depict the story. For example, for each new animal that craws into the mitten there is an illustration of the new animal and an illustration that shows all animals in the mitten at that time. Additionally, this humorous story has a unique twist at the end, which is another characteristic of picture books. Furthermore, this book is a good text to use when teaching kindergartners through second graders how to make predictions. This book is also a good text to use when teaching winter themes. ...more
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Jan 30, 2011

I walk to my school every day. Often times when I am walking I think about my lessons and class. The other day while I walked to school I was talking on the phone. When I was turned the corner to walk into my school building, I realized that because of my free hand needed to talk on the phone, I had dropped my mitten. Immediately, I started to laugh and turned around in search of my fallen mitten (it was about 7:05 am so there had not been much foot traffic on the sidewalk so I knew I'd find I walk to my school every day. Often times when I am walking I think about my lessons and class. The other day while I walked to school I was talking on the phone. When I was turned the corner to walk into my school building, I realized that because of my free hand needed to talk on the phone, I had dropped my mitten. Immediately, I started to laugh and turned around in search of my fallen mitten (it was about 7:05 am so there had not been much foot traffic on the sidewalk so I knew I'd find it). As I was retracing my steps I thought of Jan Brett's, The Mitten. I imagined how many animals had crawled into my mitten to make it their home. I was remembering the amazing illustrations with the borders that show flashbacks, the side story, and predictions for future pages. I was remembering the grandmother at the end who was surprised at how big one mitten had stretched upon the boys arrival home. The whole time I was walking I imagined how fun it would be to walk into a first grade classroom that morning and reenact my adventure! After re-reading the book The Mitten by Jan Brett, I once again realized how amazing her books are in the classroom. I suggest everyone do an author study of Jan Brett and her special books! ...more
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Oct 30, 2013

I remember reading The Mitten as a young girl and I loved this book. The story line is very simple, but very fitting for young children. It is repetitive, which makes it a great read aloud as well as a good book to read alone. The illustrations make this story come alive, especially as we can see each animal make their way into the mitten while it grows in size. The pictures span the entire page with such great detail! This book involves animals as well, which is a popular theme among children. I remember reading The Mitten as a young girl and I loved this book. The story line is very simple, but very fitting for young children. It is repetitive, which makes it a great read aloud as well as a good book to read alone. The illustrations make this story come alive, especially as we can see each animal make their way into the mitten while it grows in size. The pictures span the entire page with such great detail! This book involves animals as well, which is a popular theme among children. The boy, Nicki, is young and his relationship with his grandmother, Baba, ties family into this story, which makes it even more emotionally appealing. This book also incorporates a little bit of humor because the mitten finally pops all of the animals out when the smallest mouse enters the mitten, making the bear sneeze. It is also funny because Baba thinks that Nicki had kept track of the little white mitten the entire time, but really it had been lost. When the bear sneezed, the mitten appeared in the air and Nicki got it back in time for Baba to see! I think, overall, this is a great book to read as a child, because it is just a fun and entertaining book! ...more

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