PPBF: Smitten

It’s Friday, so here’s my choice for Perfect Picture Book Fridays:

David Gordon Smitten Cover


Smitten: A lint-free love story

Written and Illustrated by David Gordon

Based on an original concept by Susan Siegel

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007


Suitable for ages: 2 and up

Themes/Topics: Love, Friendship

Opening Line: 

One cold afternoon, a mitten sat atop a fence post.

“Sir!” Mitten called out.

A man bustled by with a basket overflowing with laundry.

Synopsis from Amazon: Sock and Mitten are both lost singles in a city full of pairs. Mitten is a left without her right. Sock is neither left nor right, but he knows how she feels. They set off on an adventure to find their other halves. But what they find instead is something much, much better: each other.

Link to resources: Match socks and mittens from the laundry. Any matching game would also work. Here’s a matching printable from the Happy and Blessed Home. Mitten also talks about being a left, so any left or right activities will go with this book.

Why I like this book: I found this book in the 12 x 12 Facebook group. Writers often ask for comparable titles or books on specific topics. Smitten was mentioned. My library didn’t have it, so I searched Amazon. I rescued this book for a penny (well, you know $3.99 shipping too). We read this and I’ve been delighted by his enthusiasm for this pair. There’s adventure and a whole lot of friendship in this book.

For more Perfect Picture Book Friday selections, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. 

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29 thoughts on “PPBF: Smitten

  1. Very cute, Stacy! It reminds me of a bugs bunny episode the other day where daffy duck was running through a million calls of friends who couldn’t go on holiday with him and he was ignoring the pig who was saying he could go.

  2. So clever. “Smitten” for sock and mitten. And about being unique (left or right) or maybe it doesn’t matter (sock is sock). There is something profound here at a philosophical level. Or maybe it’s me pontificating again. I like the matching for pairs as activity for little kids. Thanks for featuring this book. It added fun to my day. TGIF.

  3. I love that you ‘rescued’ this book, Stacy! Just to let you know, that’s how I got into trouble and wound up with 350 boxes to pack…most of them books.:) 🙂 Seriously though, I totally feel like I am saving books from extinction when I go to the library’s Friends section or purchase used books on Amazon for…yes…1 penny.
    Very cute premise and great review! I’ll have to see if I can find a copy.