We shared Jan Brett’s delightful retelling of
the story The Mitten. We connected the progression of
The Mitten to the progression of the story we used for our
“Kidspired Tales” story, The Enormous Turnip. We enjoyed
some of the activities on
Jan Brett’s website.
We especially liked coloring her
online picture of the Mitten. Then we had fun filling a
mitten with animals in Kidspiration. It was good practice in
using the mouse to “drag and place.” And more advanced users
learned they could catch the corners to resize the pictures and
fit in more animals. We’ve got a bit of a competition going to
see who can fit in the most animals without “Popping the
Once upon a
time in a village in Africa there lived a small girl. As she
walked through the jungle one hot and steamy day, she lost her
straw hat, which she always wore to keep the sun off her head.
A small frog came along and climbed into the hat to get out of
toucan flew by and asked to join the frog. The frog wasn’t sure
there was room for the toucan but when she saw the big beak on
the toucan she moved over and made room.
A monkey came
by and also wanted to come in out of the sun. The frog and
toucan worried about the monkey’s tricks but made some room and
in he came.
Along came a
crocodile that made them all very nervous. But when they saw
her glinting teeth they let her in.
strolled by and forced his way into the straw hat. There was no
room left but no one wanted to argue with a lion and so they
It was getting
hotter and hotter, even in the straw hat. A giraffe came by and
looked so miserable out in the sun that the whole group agreed
to make a bit more room in the hat for her. When an elephant
insisted in coming it too the straw hat swelled and stretched.
It pulled and bulged to many times its size. But it held fast.
came a mosquito, no bigger than a minute. She wriggled into the
one space left, and made herself comfortable inside the great
elephant’s trunk. The elephant, tickled by the mosquito’s
buzzing gave an enormous sneeze. Aaaaa-aaaa-aaaa-aca-chew! The
force of the sneeze shot the straw hat up into the sky, and
scattered the animals in all directions.
way home the small girl saw a shape in the distance. It was the
straw hat silhouetted against the blue sky. She raced after it
to catch it and returned home, most relieved to have the shade
of her hat once again.
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