Book 213: The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Mitten

The Mitten

The Mitten

by Jan Brett

This freebie is to accompany THE MITTEN children’s book by Jan Brett.  Jan Brett’s author page has free coloring pages, videos, and online games for children.

The Mitten is one of Jan Brett’s very beautiful books. Her books have beautiful page borders that give hints as to what is coming up next in the story.  Sometimes children who hear these stories begin drawing illustrations with beautiful borders, as well, because the books inspire artistic endeavors.  This story is a favorite in grades K-2, and children so enjoy acting it out as the story is read.  My free PDF work page includes a title and also name tags to print for such a skit.  First, all the children listen to the story.  Then, parts are selected for a second reading where the children have a silent skit along with the story.  In school, sometimes I have used a table pushed over on its side for the mitten, and the children scamper over and hide behind the table top, peaking up as the animals in the book peak out of the mitten.  The rule is to pick the next person to play your part in total silence, and the story is read over and over until everyone has a turn to perform.

If you don’t know the story of The Mitten, it is an old Ukrainian folk tale.  Baba, the grandmother, wants to knit mittens for her grandson Nicki.  Nicki insists on white mittens.  Grandmother thinks that white mittens are easily lost in the snow, but makes them anyway.  When Nicki first goes outside, he does drop a mitten.  The animals have no trouble finding a white mitten in the snow, and begin creeping into it for some warmth.  First the vole, then the rabbit, and finally seven animals including a bear are staying warm together in the mitten.  They all magically fit inside the one mitten, no problem at all for children to believe!  However, when the bear sneezes, the animals burst out of the still intact mitten, and fly into the air.  By now Nicki has noticed his mitten is missing and finds it sailing down through the air right to him.  Grandmother is watching, being sure the mitten will be lost, but sees he still has two mittens.  However, when Nicki goes back inside, she is puzzled about the stretched out shape of the one mitten!

Below is my free PDF work page, answer key, and skit signs.  For the name tags, print and glue on cardboard, then punch a hole in each top corner and tie string so the name tag can hang from the child’s neck while performing.  Laminate and use year after year!  There are 10 parts:  title sign holder, Baba, Nicki, and seven animals.  If your group is smaller than 10, some children can be two parts by wearing two name tags, of course. free-The-Mitten-skit-and-work-pages

photo of pages in free printable for THE MITTEN children's book

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

About Carolyn Wilhelm

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory, The Wise Owl Factory Book a Day Blog, and is web master for the Wise Owl Factory Teaching Friends blog She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and is a National Board Certified Teacher.
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