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The Mitten Tree Hardcover – May 12, 1997


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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (May 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555913490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555913496
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K?One winter day, elderly Sarah notices a young boy at the bus stop without mittens, so she knits him a pair and leaves them on a tree where he'll find them. She continues to knit (anonymously) and leaves mittens for the children who need them. One day, a large basket of yarn is left on her doorstep, enabling her to continue her work. The story is well told, warm without being treacly. The scratchy illustrations are done in crisp, winter colors. A good bedtime tale for a cold winter night after playing all day in the snow.?Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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It truly is a wonderful book that inspired me to create a community 'Mitten Tree' right here in my village...As you can probably imagine, this book provides the foundation for an amazing community service project for you to undertake with your children. --Katie's Literature Lounge Blog

'The Mitten Tree' is a beautiful book... illustrations are soft, delicate, textured treasures that greatly enhance this lovely, charming tale of goodwill. --Midwest Book Review, February 2010

This delightful children's book...celebrates giving from the heart with no need for recognition or applause. --The Lutheran magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Time's Up
Read the book aloud and instruct the kids to pass the gift bag every time they hear the word "mitten" (it's used a LOT, so this turns into a fun game) 4.
C. Brown
It is a lovely illustration of the gift of giving.
S. Schraeder

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
An old woman watches the neighborhood children at play, but one child has no mittens to keep hands protected from winter's chill. The woman sits down and begins to solve the problem. After finishing one pair, she keeps knitting until she can secretly fill a tree with mittens. She in turn receives a surprise. This book is great for teaching kindness and compassion. After reading this book, a kindergarten class had a visitor come to demonstrate knitting. As she knit a pink pair of mittens, a boy sidled up to her and asked, "Do you have blue wool, too?"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Crossman on July 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a mittenlady. I knit mittens. I have read this book to over 3,000 children. If you have a knitter in your community, have them read and demonstrate, every teacher should have this book on their shelf. I wouldn't be without it. It is by far my favorite childrens book
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Format: Paperback
I absolutely adore this book. Use it at a class holiday party to shift the focus to giving from getting. My favorite activity follows:
1. Prepare a gift bag with two pair of mittens or gloves and a note (see step 4)
2. Have the kids sit in a circle
3. Read the book aloud and instruct the kids to pass the gift bag every time they hear the word "mitten" (it's used a LOT, so this turns into a fun game)
4. The person left holding the bag "wins." They open the bag to discover the mittens and a note that reads "You've found the mittens - in fact, two pair! One is to keep, the other is to share."

Enjoy!
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Format: Paperback
"The Mitten Tree" is a beautiful book about a woman named Sarah who notices a little boy in need of mittens waiting for the bus. She decides to knit him warm mittens so he can participate in the fun and joy of winter. This leads to a branching out of mitten projects which uses up all her colorful yarn, but leaves her "with a full heart." The miracle of "The Mitten Tree" comes when Sarah's gift returns to her in the form of a wonderful basket of new colored yarn balls. Illustrations for "The Mitten Tree" are soft, delicate, textured treasures that greatly enhance this lovely, charming tale of goodwill.
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Format: Paperback
The Mitten Tree: In this sweet book, an older woman notices a young boy who does not have a pair of mittens. She decides to knit him a pair and secretly places them on the tree by the bus stop. Before she knows it, she is knitting for all of the children but no one knows it's her. Or do they?

MY TWO CENTS: The Mitten Tree teaches children that giving isn't about getting recognition but rather giving just to help others. We read this story every Christmastime and it has become a favorite.
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By Diane Valade on May 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As a knitting teacher, our Christmas project this year is based on this book. We are making mittens for school children who have no mittens and hanging them on a tree near the playground, so those without can just take. We learned this charity from the book, The Mitten Tree.
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By S. Schraeder on December 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
My sister in law gave me this book as a Christmas gift. I, too, am a knitter who tries to stock the mitten tree at my children's school. The story made me smile and brought a tear to my eye. It is a lovely illustration of the gift of giving.
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Format: Kindle Edition
A perfect Christmas time story portraying eloquently the spirit of Christmas giving as God intends Christmas to be. Everyone should read this.
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