Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Mitten String by Jennifer Rosner -- OPTIONAL

Rosner, Jennifer The Mitten String, illustrated by Kristina Swarner. PICTURE BOOK. Random House, 2014. $17.99. Content: G.

Ruthie's family makes handmade mittens to sell to their village, using wool sheared from their very own sheep. But when they meet a deaf woman with a baby, Ruthie learns a little something about living with a disability, and also improves her own approach to making mittens.  Includes a short glossary, sign language guide to knitting terms, and author's note about the inspiration for the story.

This is a nice story, but not particularly memorable. While the illustrations are pretty, they are also a bit washed-out and therefore less eye-catching than they could be. This may, however, work well as a companion to a classroom lesson.

EL (K-3) -- OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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