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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (1977)

by Simms Taback

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A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.
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    Bit by Bit by Steve Sanfield (raizel)
    raizel: Interesting to compare Joseph's activities, age, and clothing.
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    Maya's Blanket/La Manta de Maya by Monica Brown (beelrami)
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    I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn (aspirit)
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    My Grandfather's Coat by Jim Aylesworth (AbigailAdams26)
    AbigailAdams26: Readers who enjoyed this title might want to look at another picture-book retelling of the same folk song.

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This one needs to be a lap read as well as a storybook read.

Because my kiddos would have enjoyed guessing what wardrobe item was going to be made each time the article of clothing got "old and worn."

I need to do this book more often. ( )
  msgabbythelibrarian | Jun 11, 2023 |
Die-cut books
Picture books for children
Storytime standouts
Own voices
Jewish men
  kmgerbig | Apr 28, 2023 |
I can read this book to help students know that they can make something out of nothing.
  Lilianas1 | Feb 15, 2023 |
The age level would be Primary.
The book is about a man who starts off with an overcoat but slowly turns it into different pieces of fashion as it gets worn down.
I would recommend this book because of its illustration and because to talk about different types of illustration and art shown in books. This would be a good beginner's book to read because it is very simple and easy, it also has a good message "you can turn nothing/anything into something.
  nicole-b11 | Feb 6, 2023 |
Every page shows a new way that Joseph can reuse a piece of clothing that gets old and worn. He starts with an overcoat and never runs out of ideas even though the amount of material keeps getting smaller and smaller. This book uses die-cut holes in a unique way that is both visible and sometimes a little invisible too. Younger children will enjoy the repetition of certain, predictable phrases and older children will enjoy the mix of art techniques. ( )
  laverneshawbailey | Feb 9, 2022 |
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Dedicated to Alex Cohen; Donated by the Starr - Weg Family in honor of Amir's Bar Mitzvah
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Joseph had a little overcoat. It was old and worn.
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1977 version has different illustrations; both versions illustrated by the author, Simms Taback.
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A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.

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When Joseph's favorite overcoat gets old and worn, he makes a jacket out of it. When the jacket is more patches than jacket, Joseph turns it into a vest. When the vest's number is up, Joseph makes a scarf. This thrifty industry continues until there's nothing left of the original garment. But clever Joseph manages to make something out of nothing! (And that's the foreshadowed moral of the story.)
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