The Mitten String by Jennifer Rosner and illustrated by Kristina Swarner – “When her family invites a deaf woman and her baby to stay, Ruthie, a talented knitter of mittens, wonders how the mother will know if her child wakes in the night. The surprising answer inspires Ruthie to knit a special gift that offers great comfort to mother and baby—and to Ruthie herself.
With language and imagery reminiscent of stories told long ago, this modern Jewish folktale will resonate with those who love crafts, anyone who’s encountered someone with physical differences—and with everyone who has ever lost a mitten in the depths of winter.”
Why should you read this book?
Last night, I saw ML for the first time in 2015. This sweet book was the perfect way to return to our snuggle in the bed and read picture books nighttime routine. ML does kind things for others just like Ruthie the main character. Her most recent kindness was giving the book she won at book club to her friend who missed the meeting because she was sick. When ML heard Miriam cried she said “I think we should give Miriam the book.” (Each book club meeting I do a drawing for a copy of the next book.) ML’s been eager to win. I appreciate her thoughtfulness. She received a copy of this next book club title for Christmas this year. Last night we added the chapter book, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman to our reading time.