How do you make a picture book story come to life? The best way is to allow children to become a part of the story. This is exactly what the Allen County Public Library has been doing for 18 years with the story of The Mitten
by Jan Brett. In the story a little boy loses his white mitten while playing in the snow. The animals of the woods discovered this knitted mitten and one by one crawl in to get warm. Even though each animal is bigger than the last, the mitten just keeps stretching to fit them all.
In 1998 the library commissioned the creation of a giant size mitten to help Jan Brett’s story come to life. The current mitten measures 9 feet long and 4 feet wide and has been used for storytimes throughout ACPL as well as in child care centers and schools.
Preschool through 2nd grade children have enjoyed being a part of the magical story The Mitten. After the story has been read to the children each child gets to decide what animal from the story they would like to be as they crawl into the mitten. Once the mitten is full, the storyteller pretends to sneeze and all the children come out of the mitten just like when the mouse tickled the bear’s nose and he sneezed in the book.
If you have young children you won’t want them to miss The Magnificent Mitten Program. The schedule for this program is:
Grabill Branch Wednesday, February 1, 10:30 am
Waynedale Branch 10:30 am on Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7.
Pontiac Branch Friday, February 10, 10:30 am
Woodburn Branch Friday, February 17, 10:30 am
Can't make it to a program? Get The Mitten on hold and print this "Put the Animals in the Mitten" activity for retelling! Story retelling helps your child reinforce that stories have a beginning, middle, and end as well as reiterate the meaning of included vocabulary. The Mitten features a mole, hedgehog, and other animals that may be unfamiliar.