The Mitten by Jan Brett

Bibliographic Information:  Brett, J. (1989). The mitten: A Ukrainian folktale. New York, NY: Putnam.

Annotation:  Nicki wanted a pair of white mittens, and asked his grandma, Baba to make them.  Nicki dropped his mittens in the snow while playing and a mole burrowed inside of them.  Then many animals joined in such as a rabbit, hedgehog, owl, badger, fox, bear and a mouse.  The bear sneezed, which sent the mitten in the sky, and all the animals in different places.  Nicki made it back home, safely and with his new white mittens.

Genre:  Fiction

Grade Level:  Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Interested Readers:  This book could interest many readers based on the exciting characters and story of the book.  Students who are interested in winter and animals could be most interested in this book.

Personal Response and Rating:  I enjoyed this book.  I thought the book was well written and the illustrations were very detailed.  I liked how there is an order to the animals, that the book can be easily re-tolled.  Overall, I thought this book is a well written book and I would give this book a 5/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question:  What animal tickled the bear’s nose?

Reading Strategy:

a.)     Book Boxes Strategy from Gail Tompkins (Strategy #5)

b.)     Book Boxes Strategy is a strategy when a book is created using objects and pictures to help relate to the book.  The items selected should be significant to the book to help focus on understanding.  This strategy is best for any grades, English language learners and focuses on comprehension and content areas.

c.)     With regards to this book, I would use the Book Boxes Strategy as a small group activity.  After reading this book, I would assign students to small groups and have students discuss the book.  After discussing the book, students would write down important characters, setting or facts about the book.  Then students would decorate the box and place things in the box which are important to the book.  After the group of students are finished, groups would share what they put in the box and explain why to the entire class.  This strategy would help the students communicate with others about the story and what they learned or comprehended.

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