The Mitten

We’ve found two versions of this classic Ukranian folktale and both are good. Jan Brett’s retelling has much more beautiful pictures; however, we actually like the story better in Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock’s rather less lushly illustrated adaptation. Booklist: “While playing in the snow, a young boy loses a mitten made by his grandmother. At home, his grandmother consoles him with cocoa and a promise to look for the missing mitten in the morning. Overnight, a lineup of woodland creatures finds the warm, woolen treasure and burrows in, stretching the knit until even a giant bear fits inside. It’s the addition of a tiny mouse, though, that eventually causes the seams to burst, leaving only a pile of yarn for the boy and his grandmother to discover. In lines filled with repetition and rhythm, Aylesworth expertly builds the humor and suspense, while McClintock’s artwork, inspired by both 1960s comics and nineteenth-century illustration, capture the story’s absurdity in action-filled images of the animals.” Giggle factor: moderate. Adult enjoyment: words or pictures? Each version has its strength. Illustrations: three to four jelly jars for Jan Brett, only two for Aylesworth and McClintock.

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~ by kaychubbuck on January 7, 2011.

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