Monday, November 16, 2009

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Jan Brett is one of those authors you can always count on. Every one of her books is amazing. She is a brilliant artist with an eye for detail. We have her book, The Mitten, in board book format and it is the favorite of the moment for my almost 3 year old daughter. She loves animals and this book is full of them. It is the story of a little boy whose grandmother knits him some white mittens. She warns him that they will get lost too easily in the snow, but he insists. Sure enough, he loses one immediately, but the forest animals love the mitten. One by one they squeeze into the mitten together until it is stretched all out. In the end, the little boy finds the mitten and takes it back home, but his grandmother can't figure out why it is now huge. One of the great things about Jan Brett books is that she usually puts an extra illustration to the side of the page that is some sort of hint of what will happen on the next page. Kids love to look at the mini illustration and try to figure out what will happen next. It is great practice for getting them to learn about making predictions. While your kids are fascinated with the first snowfall, take some time to read a book like the mitten that captures that interest!

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