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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: 9.7 x 7.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Henri Sorensen lives in Denmark.

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This is a beautiful story that my 2 1/2 year old loves.
A. Thienes
This is a favorite book for me to read to my children and I just bought this copy from my grand daughter.
Dale Weber
Her varied work included glass paintings, book illustrations, and stained glass window designs.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1997
Format: Library Binding
This version is told with more charm and wit than the Jan Brett re-telling of this tall tale. And the simple drawing style is a good match for the words, keeping the focus on the story rather than distracting with elaborate detail.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1998
Format: Library Binding
I am a children's librarian and I like Alvin Tresselt's version of this classic story better than Jan Brett's version, especially for sharing with a group. The story makes a wonderful impromptu play to do with a group of children, some stuffed animals and a big sheet or blanket. I always share this story with children at Christmas time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MEJ on October 12, 2004
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on November 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M on September 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What a treasure: the illustrations and the story go hand in hand so wonderfully, quiet and witty and authentic. If you have Slavic roots, the Ukrainian illustrator's work may have extra resonance for you. Yaroslava drew the animals wearing Ukrainian costume, but with subtle touches of real life; this one's boots have creases, see the wrinkles in that one's heavy coat. I always wondered if there was an anti-Soviet subtext to the characters all insisting on sharing one living-space until it bursts at the seams (literally)...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 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 Stacey Stevens on January 23, 2014
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Perfect for teachers who want to compare/contrast this version and the version by Jan Brett. Cute little winter story for kids.
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