Jan Brett is a well-loved picture book author, and the lovely simplicity of The Mitten is a testament to her skill as an able storyteller and captivating illustrator. Nicki is a young boy whose outdoor explorations call for a pair of wool mittens. Nicki wants his mitts to be as white as the snow that blankets the landscape, though his grandmother believes that particular color will make them impossible to recover if lost. The boy refuses to be dissuaded. After obtaining the knitted mitts, the boy ventures out to investigate the nearby woods, and one of the gloves falls wayside, only to discovered by a mole. Deciding the mitt is a perfect place to rest and cocoon himself in warmth, the mole snuggles in, only to be joined by a snowshoe rabbit. As the rabbit has formidable “big kickers”, the mole acquiesces, and allows the rabbit to join him in the cramped mitten. As more forest animals find the cozy, humble abode, each squeezes themselves into the tiny space, until an improbable number of animals are contained within Nicki’s little mitten. The vibrant detail of Brett’s illustrations, along with a pitch perfect read-out-loud quality, makes The Mitten a wonderful introduction to literature for young readers.