This week I want to get back to work with my students!
Enough already! I think this graphic might sum up how I’m feeling right about now.
I’m tired of the bitter cold winter days keeping us trapped inside. This is an exciting time of the year in kindergarten when students have reached new levels of independence and stamina. With a terrific week of lessons planned, I’m anxious to get back into the classroom to compare different versions of The Mitten along with a number of other fun activities.
I like each one of The Mitten stories for different reasons. Tresselt’s version allows children to see how illustrations in children’s books have changed over the years and has children giggling to see how all those animals will fit inside the mitten. Aylesworth’s rollicking rhyming refrains and McClintock’s delightfully expressive characters draw the students in. 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.