Miss Mary’s Christmas Mittens

Sleeping Bear. Aug. 2022. 32p. ed. by . Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534111677.
K-Gr 2–Miss Mary is everyone’s favorite teacher because her enthusiasm and zest for life make learning fun every day. When heavy snowfall blankets the town on the last day of school before winter break, Miss Mary is thrilled to be able to take her class outside for an extended recess. Unfortunately, the children are not able to enjoy the snow as much as they would like, and Miss Mary quickly gets to work in order to give her students a heartfelt and useful gift just in time for Christmas. This charming holiday picture book lovingly captures the essence of those teachers who go above and beyond for their students every day. Short, accessible phrases make up the narrative, which enables a wide range of readers connect with the story. Though the focus is on an elementary school–age audience, younger siblings are sure to appreciate this story as well. Miss Mary’s vibrant personality and love of knitting are reflected in the visuals used throughout, where myriad hues and cheerful faces can be found in abundance. The text and illustrations are well-designed, and children and caregivers will enjoy examining the detailed images more carefully with each reading. At the end of the book, readers will find a pattern for a knitted mitten Christmas ornament along with hyperlinked instructions for an easier craft for younger readers.
VERDICT A heartwarming Christmas tale that celebrates the love one special teacher shares with her students.

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