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Title: Too Many Mittens
Author: Florence & Louis Slobodkin
Year published: 1958
Publisher: The Vanguard Press, Inc., New York
Number of pages: 28
Recommended age: 3 to 6 years
Reviewed by Featured Guest Reviewers: Becki from Organic Aspirations and Lewis Music Studio and her daughter Ana (3)
Summary (from Goodreads): Twin brothers have red mittens and lose one. As word spreads, their house is quickly filled with returned red mittens until they create a Lost mitten clothes-line in their backyard. Sweet and simple.
1. What is the story about? Ned and Donny. And?? Too Many Mittens
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book (if applicable)? Oh Yeah! I like it! I like the pictures.
3. Who is/are the main character(s)? Ned and Donny. People coming for lost mittens. Grandma. I like Ned and Donny. Is this Donny’s face? I like Donny’s face because he counted 1, 2, 3! That was so funny!
4. What is your favorite part of the story? Ned and Donny, that’s my favorite part. I like when you said Ned and Donny. If you lost a mitten go to Ned and Donny’s house and see if you can see the lost mitten line. I like when grandma said “They’re not ours!” “What should we do with them?” said Donny. “We should hang them on a lost mitten line“
5. What is your least favorite part of the story? When the mother and father were sad.
6. How did the story make you feel? Sad that the owner of the last mitten didn’t come to Ned and Donny’s house.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I would! Mommy, if you read it to my friends and me, they would like it too!
Daughter's Rating: ★★★★★
What it’s about: When twins Ned and Donny’s parents go out of town, Grandma comes to stay. One of the twins loses a mitten, and they ask their friends to see if it turns up. Over the next several days, the twins receive not one, but more than ten red mittens. Upon their parents’ return, they learn that these mittens do not belong to the twins. Soon they come up with a great idea to return the mittens to their rightful owners.
What I liked and disliked about it: I’m not sure if I have a dislike related to this book. The plot is perfect for children in the preschool or early elementary age range, and an early reader could even read the book themselves. I like the storyline because it keeps the child’s interest by repeating “red mitten.” My three year old daughter enjoys it if I stop and let her say that part by herself.
In addition to the wonderfully written story, this book includes amazing vintage illustrations. From the small bungalow where the family lives to the red mittens all hanging sweetly in a row, the pictures capture the attention of the children as well as the adults reading with them. My favorite illustration is an adorable little girl ringing the doorbell on her tip-toes, and Ana enjoys the people marching to and from the house with the mittens.
Finally, I like the page in this book where the parents, ironically, present the twins with new mittens. Our family laughs and tries different voice inflections when Grandma exclaims, “Mittens!” And then the boys shout, “MITTENS!” I love that we can teach our children about voice inflection and expression without them even knowing that they are “learning.”
My bottom line: I would recommend this book for any family. I’m sure that boys would like it just as much as my girls do, and even older children would enjoy reading the words for themselves. This book would bring a beautiful classic twist to any home library, and some parents (like my husband and myself) might remember reading this book as a child.
Mom's Rating: ★★★★★
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