The Mitten

Today’s Purple Day story is based on an old folktale from Russia.

An old man goes for a walk in the woods and drops his mitten while hiking, leaving it on the forest floor. One-by-one, animals in the forest find the mittens and proceed to climb inside, until the mitten is full of animals! The old man realizes his mitten is missing and sends his dog down the trail to find it. The dog finds the mitten, surprising all the animals inside and sending them running back into the woods. A few minutes later, the old man finds his mitten and returns home none the wiser that a bunch of animals were just sleeping inside his mitten.

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