Interactive Story Time & Printable Prompt Cards

The Mitten

Here's your Book Prompt Card for The Mitten!

What's a Book Prompt Card? A card designed to be cut out and placed inside your Anywhere Pocket.

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Side A

The Mitten
Before the Story

This story is a folktale that was written and illustrated by Jan Brett. We’re going to meet Nicki and his grandmom along with lots of animals in this tale. Let’s look at the picture on the cover and name the ones we know. Maybe when we listen to the story, we’ll learn the names of the other animals. I wonder why there’s a mitten lying in the snow. Hmmm. Let’s read the story to find out why.

During the Story

If children ask about the clothes that Nicki and Baba are wearing explain that this is a Ukrainian folktale from long ago and that’s how people dressed. Help children focus on the story line. Why did Baba think it would be hard to find a white mitten? Why did the animals want to be inside the mitten? As we turn the pages, try to keep track of the mitten. What was the mole referring to when he mentioned the rabbits “big kickers?” I wonder if the bear will fit inside the mitten!

After the Story

What happened when the Bear sneezed? Do you think the story has a happy ending? On the very last page, why does Baba have a confused expression on her face?

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Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Spinning Wheel- On the first page of the story, there's an image of a spinning wheel in the margin.  What did Baba use the spinning wheel to make? 
  • Jostled - To be pushed and shoved.  The mole and the rabbit were bumped and jostled inside the mitten.  Let's act out what happens when you're jostled.
  • Prickles - Sharp points.  Point to the prickles on the hedgehog.
  • Swooped - To fly down suddenly.  The owl swooped down.  Let's act our what it looks like to swoop down.
  • Talons - A bird's claws.  Which animal in the story has talons?
  • Enormous - Really, really big!  The bear gave an enormous sneeze.  Let's try to sneeze like the bear.‚Äč 
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