Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.
One by one, woodland animals find the mitten and crawl in;
first a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last.
Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse, and what happens next
makes a wonderfully funny climax.
As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the
reader can see Nicki in the borders of each page, walking through the woods unaware of
what is going on.
Once again Jan Brett has created a dramatic and beautiful
picture book in her distinctive style. She brings the animals to life with warmth and
humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights and details faithful to the
Ukrainian tradition, from which the story comes.