Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Mittens to Share
Publish November 16, 2016
In Mittens to Share by author Emil Sher and illustrator Irene Luxbacher, a young girl and her father head out for some winter fun. Several snow angels and a snowman later, she loses her mitten, and returns home to find another pair. But where did that mitten go? Mittens to Share is Torontonian Emil Sher’s first children’s picture book; he is known for his screen adaptation of Hana’s Suitcase and his Governor General’s Literary award-nominated adult novel, Young Man with Camera. Irene Luxbacher, also of Toronto, has received awards and nominations for her writing and illustrations, including those in The Imaginary Garden and Mr. Frank. Here, Sher’s short, simple poetic phrases capture the essence of each action and emotion. When the girl loses her mitten, for example, kids read, “Oh no!/ One mitten./ Two hands./ Lost-mitten tears.” Many kids will recognize the household mitten box, which contains “grown-up,” “outgrown,” and “fuzzy, warm best-friend” mittens. Luxbacher’s acrylic, graphite, charcoal, and found paper illustrations nicely complement the textures of all the mittens the young girl searches through, and the fuzzy kittens who play with them. Luxbacher explores point of view, too: the girl spies a chickadee on a telephone wire, and then the chickadee looks down upon the father and daughter. This chickadee provides a surprise toward the end, and upon subsequent reads kids will notice how it was present throughout much of the book. Mittens to Share is a short, sweet read, a perfect snuggly story on a chilly day.
Illustration EN: Irene Luxbacher
Scholastic Canada Inc.
ISBN 13: 978-1-4431-4296-0
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