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Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

Something from Nothing (edition 1992)

by Phoebe Gilman

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Title:Something from Nothing
Authors:Phoebe Gilman
Info:Scholastic (1992), Paperback
Collections:Deborah's Library
Tags:Folktale, Jewish, Box ?

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Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman



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When Joseph was born, his grandfather sewed him a blanket, as the blanket gets worn out, the grandfather takes the blanket and reuses the fabric to make something else. The illustrations of this book are vivid and include not only the story of Joseph, but of mice living below Joseph’s floor. The repetitive motif of making something from nothing establishes the idea of using your resources wisely and recycling good material. I would use this book in teaching kids about resourcefulness and being optimistic and grateful for the materials and love they have around them.
  harleybrenton | Mar 12, 2015 |
I loved this book because it reminded me of my little brother, Scott, who would always bring his blanket everywhere he went.
  Madison_DeWeerdt | Dec 4, 2014 |
Multicultural book. Talks about a blanket the little boy is attached to. Shows how many things you can use it for, each time it can be turned into something different. Good illustrations, repetition and appreciation.
  kzilinskas | Nov 16, 2014 |
Ruth Schwartz Award (Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Booksellers Assn)
  UCV-RE | Nov 3, 2014 |
The blanket Joseph's grandfather made him is transformed into many things as the years go by: a jacket, a vest, a tie, a handkerchief--and finally a button. Gilman's modern adaptation and lively illustrations turn this favorite Jewish tale into a contemporary classic. ( )
  caitlinsnead | Nov 20, 2013 |
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When Joseph was a baby, his grandfather made him a wonderful blanket…to keep him warm and cozy and to chase away bad dreams.
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A modern adaptation of this favorite Jewish folktale describes how the blanket grandfather had made for young Joseph is transformed over the years into a jacket, a button, and, ultimately, a story.

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In this retelling of a traditional Jewish folktale, Joseph's baby blanket is transformed into ever smaller items as he grows until there is nothing left--but then Joseph has an idea.

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