Jan Brett's book, "The Mitten" has been a favorite seasonal book in our home since Tyler was a newborn. I have fond memories of reading it to him on winter nights as he nursed himself to sleep. I honestly think that I can thank this book for making him interested in wearing his mittens outdoors this year!
If you're unfamiliar with the book, it's based on a lovely Ukrainian Folktale with gorgeous illustrations by Brett. I truly want to dive into the book at sit by the fire and warm myself in their cozy home and don their beautiful traditional dress. The story tells of a boy named Nicki who wishes for his Grandmother to knit him snow white mittens, and though she warns they'll be hard to find in the snow if lost, Nicki really wishes to have them, so she goes ahead and makes them for him. When Nicki heads out into the snow, he of course unknowingly drops one. It isn't long before animals, from small to large, find the mitten and decide to take shelter inside of it, stretching it greatly. On the sides of each page, we also see what Nikcki is up to on his adventures, as well as what animal is approaching the mitten next. Great foreshadowing hints for young readers! When a mouse comes along and sits itself on the largest animal's nose (a bear), the bear sneezes and all of the animals fly out of the mitten, and the mitten itself flies high into the air. Nicki, who had just realized he lost his mitten, spots it and runs to grab the mitten, showing his grandmother that he didn't lose his mittens as she had guessed he may.
Ty is a kid who truly adores books and I am really trying to remember to create and add more literacy extensions to our activities. This one was pretty straight-forward and Tyler is enjoying the book so much this year that I went right after it.