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"Every morning Molly's parents remind her to come home after school with her mittens, and every day Molly forgets. Nothing works--not Velcro, not crochet chains, not even duct tape! But, Molly is not alone. All the kids at school forget, and soon there is a mountain of mittens in lost-and-found that has grown out of control. WARNING- Lynn Plourde's story is so distractingly funny that you might misplace your own mittens!"

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PreS-Gr 2-Molly's parents caution her every morning not to forget her mittens. Molly remembers them during morning, lunch, and afternoon recess, but at the end of the day something always happens, and they land in the lost-and-found box, resulting in "Mittens, mittens, my oh my! A mountain of mittens piled up high." The situations that cause her to leave her mittens behind range from the mildly silly (the class turtle sneezed and needs them to keep warm) to over-the-top ridiculous (the school bus slides off the road, and the children use the crocheted strings their parents have attached to them in the vain hope of keeping them together to pull the bus back onto the road). Vane's watercolor and India ink illustrations are bright and busy and add to the fun. Pair this with Candace Christiansen's The Mitten Tree (Fulcrum, 1997) and Stuart J. Murphy's Missing Mittens (HarperCollins, 2001) for a winter-themed storytime, or read it before sending children off to search through those overflowing lost-and-found boxes for their own missing mittens.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Plourde takes an ordinary winter event and makes an amusing story out of it. As the kids climb aboard the school bus, all the parents yell the same thing: Don't forget your mittens at school. But, of course, the children do forget. The mittens wind up in a pile in the lost-and-found box, and in the following days, the adults try to find ways to keep the mittens tethered to their children, with yarn, velcro, and duct tape all playing roles. But nothing works, and the hill of mittens grows into a mountain. Pretty soon, kids are getting stuck in the pile--and the teachers who are trying to help them do, too. It's the parents to the rescue, and everyone manages to get home. But the mittens stay put, to the teachers' dismay. Although the ending is a bit flat, readers will chuckle as they recognize what a problem mateless mittens can become. Vane's watercolor-and-ink drawings have a jaunty air as they up the ante, showing wild ways to connect kid and glove and illustrating the prodigious size of the ever-growing heap.

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