Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Mitten

The Mitten

Jim Aylesworth
Illustrator:   Barbara McClintock 
Picture Book
For ages 3 to 6
Scholastic, 2009   ISBN: 0439925444

Once upon a time, there lived a little boy whose loving grandmother knitted him a hat, a scarf, and some mittens every winter. One day the little boy went outside to play in the snow, and thanks to his grandmother’s gifts, he was toasty warm. When he went indoors, the little boy discovered that he had somehow lost one of his mittens while he was playing. The little boy’s grandmother promised that she would help him look for the missing mitten the next day.

Out in the cold a squirrel found the mitten. The squirrel was cold so he climbed inside the mitten and soon he was “so nice and toasty” that he nodded off. Not long after, a rabbit with toes as “cold as ice” came along and it begged the squirrel to let it share the mitten. It was a bit snug in the mitten with two animals, but it wasn’t too bad. And then another cold animal came along.

This delightful retelling of a classic story is sure to delight and amuse young readers. Children will enjoy trying to guess what kind of animal will find the mitten next, and they will also have a good laugh when they see what happens at the end.