These are my favorite renditions of this Ukrainian parable about hospitality and friendship. I always do this craft from Jan Brett’s website when I share The Mitten with a group of kids.
The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett
Brett creates a dramatic picture book with the story of Nicki, a young boy who has lost a mitten in the snow and the animals who try to make a home of it.
The Mitten retold by Jim Aylesworth & illustrated by Barbara McClintock
A fresh, spirited rendition of a best-selling read-aloud classic. When a little boy loses a mitten in the snow, a passing squirrel finds it’s the perfect place to warm his icy toes. So he sqe-e-e-e-zes inside. But he’s not the only animal with that idea.
Mitten: An Old Ukrainian Folktale by Alvin Tresselt & illustrated by Yaroslava
This version is simply charming, and my favorite to read with a storytime group. It also lends itself well to readers’ theater.