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The Mitten Paperback – October 26, 1989
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Another book of a lost mitten. Forest creatures squeeze into the mitten until it is torn apart through to much forced into the mitten. Artwork and story are typical.Published 1 month ago by Persop
A book we read our kids and now sent to the grand kids. A wonderful Christmas story from another country.Published 14 months ago by Scott Franks
sweet story - I love the message it shares - wonderful illustrations. several versions of this story have been published, this one is my favorite. Read morePublished 14 months ago by busymom
We used this book to compare with Jan Brett's version. The children were able to identify a pattern created through the pages as we read(the author used white pages with green... Read morePublished 24 months ago by maritza Narvaez
Awesome book. My daughter loved it, just as I did when I was a little girl! The illustrations are very cutePublished on January 31, 2014 by kbelz