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The Mitten Tree Hardcover – May 12, 1997

4.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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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
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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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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 (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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this is truly a great book and it is a great way to introduce children the meaning behind Christmas, I actually cried at the end. My book was in great condition and arrived at the time amazon said it would, it actually came two day ahead of time
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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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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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Sarah 's children are all grown and out of her nest and she is sad and lonely. She spends her time looking out her window at the children catching the bus for school on her street. On a cold winter's day she notices the children are all playing in the snow except for one little boy. He is not participating because he has no mittens to wear and his hands are cold. Sarah's heart goes out to the little boy and she goes immediately and starts knitting him a pair of mittens with some left-over wool that she has kept. After their completion she takes the mittens and hangs them carefully on the big blue spruce tree right by the bus stop for the boy to discover and own.

Sarah's generous heart prompts her to knit more and more mittens and hang them on the tree for the other children to enjoy too. The big blue spruce becomes a homestead for them... a beautiful, colourful mitten tree.

The children, so touched by Sarah's willing to give freely, surprise her with a huge ribbon-wrapped basket of yarn so she can use it to continue knitting mittens and thus bless the other neighbourhood children if needed. Although Sarah never interacts personally with the children their hearts make a significant impact on each others.

"To this day, Sarah knits mittens for all the children in her town. Every time her basket is empty, a new full one appears. Sarah doesn't know who the yarn is from. The children still don't know who the mittens are from. But someone must..."
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