Parents' Guide to

The Mitten (20th Anniversary Edition)

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Elegant art makes this anniversary edition a real treasure.

Book Jan Brett Folklore 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

Music and Children's Literature: A great combo with this book!

The Mitten by Jan Brett is a wonderful book for music education! You can explore your creative movement with all the different animals, you can use unpitched percussion to add sound effects to the animals as they enter the mitten, and of course, there are hundreds of songs to choose from about each animal! It is fun to create a short classroom play or expand it and make it a performance! You can even print masks of each character on It is no wonder this book is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this's a classic!
age 3+

What a great story!

I love this story. Our 2nd Grade music class is using this story as the base for their music sharing in a few weeks. It is very sweet and has a classic story line.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This kind of accumulating story is always entertaining, especially when such large animals squeeze into a very small space ... and somehow there is room for them! But the classic Jan Brett illustrations of this book make an entertaining story so much better. First published in 1989, this book was considered a treasure then; now, a generation later, it comes back to us in a slightly oversized volume, but with the same beautiful animal drawings and the addition of a personal note from the author. It is a treasure, and one of those books that should be shared with every child, especially if grandmother can do the reading!

Painted with nearly dry watercolors, animal characters are sensitively textured and almost looking like woodcuts, but softer, and more expressive. They are set against the billowing blue-toned snow, and  whole scenes are framed by birch bark panels highlighted here and there with  rich colors of embroidered flowers. Details denoting Ukrainian tradition, such as embroidered clothing, painted dishware, fireplace decoration, thatched cottage roof with a stork's nest near the chimney, pitchers on the posts outside, all give a beautifully honest tone to the tale.

Book Details

  • Author: Jan Brett
  • Illustrator: Jan Brett
  • Genre: Folklore
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
  • Publication date: October 5, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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