The Mitten by Jan Brett
Posted on 02/26/2020
Photo: Cover of The Mitten by Jan Brett

"I think the pictures are exciting and beautiful.”

Patty Buccellato, Hardy Elementary School


The Mitton by Jan Brett is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Hardy Elementary. When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.  One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax. Jan Brett brings the animals to life with warmth and humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights.


Editorial Reviews


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"Readers will sit back and suspend belief and welcome this tall tale." —Publishers Weekly


"The illustrations are exquisite . . . a charming lap book to be pored over again and again." —School Library Journal

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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023