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The Mitten Paperback – October 26, 1989

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 26, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688092381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688092382
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MEJ on October 12, 2004
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Even though I buy them for my daughter, I try not to review items that I owned or remember from my childhood as I feel I am biased towards them simply because of the nostalgic factor. However, I do think I would still love this book even if I had just recently come upon it. For starters it has such vibrant colors with the alternating turquoise background and the bright red and gold Ukrainian clothing. And what child wouldn't love the thought of woodland creatures taking refuge from the snow in his or her lost mitten, although the story is just folklore and the product of a child's imagination...or is it?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on November 9, 2009
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Now, let me say from the start that, having read Jan Brett's version first, I prefer it. And unless your home library is enormous, you probably don't need both books. However, as the comments here show, many people prefer this version, which predates Brett's version by quite a while. If you can get your hands on both, do so - keep one for yourself and donate the other to a local school!

This story is a great classic. A boy loses his mitten in the woods, a series of progressively larger animals climb in, culminating in a bear. When one teeny animal tries to be the last to just squeeeeeze in (in this version, a cricket), that proves too much for the old mitten and it bursts all over the place.

In contrast to Jan Brett's signature style of very intricate pictures, the artwork in this book is very simple... and like many books of that time period, it alternates between full-color spreads and one-color spreads. (In this case, that one color is turquoise, as you can see on the cover.) I like the detail more, but there's a real charm in the simpler pictures of this edition.

Jan Brett has the animals looking and acting like animals. They don't wear clothes, and they don't explicitly talk to each other... and the prey animals move over for the predators only because they're intimidated by the talons, claws, and teeth (this detail is skipped in the board book version of Brett's book). In this edition, the animals speak politely to each other and act generally like humans. Some people prefer the lack of outright intimidation in this book.

I'm going to donate this book to my niece's school. They probably do have a copy of Brett's edition, but this would be a good thing for them to compare and contrast - and really, it stands on its own as a lovely book. It's just SO similar to the other, more well-known version (or, I should say, Brett's version is so similar to this one!) that I don't see the point in keeping both editions.
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Recommended by the School Library Journal, and described by The Horn Book as "a lovely picture book," 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. Retold by award-winning children's author Alvin Tresselt and co-authored and illustrated by renown Ukrainian art designer/illustrator Yaroslava, aka Yaroslava Surmach-Mills, this edition of The Mitten remains high on everyone's favorite list despite the decades since publication.

This much-sought-after 1964 edition with charming illustrations by Ukrainian art designer/illustrator Yaroslava is an artistic adaptation which depicts not only the distinctive Ukrainian colorful costumes and artistic motifs, but tells the story adhering to the style of the Ukrainian version. 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. The large pages are colorful, the artwork in its simplicity of line appeals to both the reader and the youngster listening to the story, and the text is comprised of short words sure to capture the interest and imagination of the young.

Recommended for ages 4-8, The Mitten is a picture book 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.

Author Alvin Tresselt was born in New Jersey and was a pioneering children's book author and graphic designer.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2001
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This used to be one of my top 5 books as a little girl. This version is great, it's the one I had. As an adult, I love to read it to my own kids and have them notice the wonderful Ukranian artist's influence in the illustrations as well. I highly recommend this story to all parents as a read-aloud book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Stucki on February 25, 2014
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I may be in the minority here, but having only been exposed to Jan Brett's version, I have never been much of a fan of this story... until I found this version. The simple pictures feed the imagination but don't lack detail. The animals are kind & welcoming to each newcomer and they work together to make room and invite others in- what a wonderful lesson to be learned there! I love the vintage feel of this book & I think my kids get more out of it because the images aren't as overstimulating like in Brett's version. What was once a story I didn't much care for has since became a family favorite!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RuthSophia on April 28, 2015
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This is one library book I hope to add to our home library.

A classic Ukrainian folktale told to children. I love how the author states this unlikely tale as fact because his grandfather told him it happened - and at the very last says his grandfather never knew what happened to his mitten! Even children understand this technique! The illustrations are both rich and simple. The pages are not busy, but the animals seeking refuge are all clad in traditional Ukrainian garb, and speak civilly to each other.

A charming story with pictures that suit. Recommend.
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