Tuesday, January 05, 2010

January 2010 Book of the Month

The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale about a boy named Nicki who wants his grandmother Baba to knit snow-white mittens for him. She warns him that a white mitten will be hard to find if he loses it in the snow. We all know what happens next . . . Nick loses one of his white mittens in the snow. First a mole moves into the mitten to get warm, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger and a fox. The animals are all packed tightly in the mitten. Along comes a bear but the bear doesn't care so in he crawls. Finally, when a tiny mouse squeezes in, her whiskers tickle the bear's nose and he sneezes. All the animals go flying out of the mitten and it sails through the air. Nick finds the mitten in the snow and takes it home to show his smiling grandmother that he still has his snow white mittens.
Jan Brett has adapted and illustrated this well known folktale. Her special signature in her detailed artwork is the intricate borders seen in this book. The birch-bark panels with mitten shaped pictures offer insights into the story line.
This is a great winter-time read. So get cozy with some hot chocolate and a great book!
Please feel free to comment on this month's selection or tell us what book you would like to see as the next book of the month.

1 comment:

ethel the chicken said...

I had never heard of this story before. You should have issued a 'spoiler alert'.
And may I suggest, "Soup for Supper", by Phyllis Root, for next month's "Book of the Month". My kids used to absolutely crack up when the wee old lady would insult the giant vegetable thief ("RUTABEGA EARS!"). It's an oldie-but-a-goodie.