Book of the Week: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

July 12, 2007

I thought I had already featured Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback, but my son promises that I haven’t. It’s a great one. A family favorite.

The charming basics: Joseph has an overcoat that gets worn out. So he remakes it into a smaller item of clothing. Again and again and again. Until it’s only a button. It’s one the best kid-friendly examples of reuse/recycle I know of.

The illustrations are fantastic. And if you’d like to sing along (the story is based on a Jewish folk song) there are even music notes included at the back. A great addition to a family library.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 oh amanda July 12, 2007 at 5:10 pm

I read this last time I was at the library! I agree, it’s fun & creative!


2 Ruth July 12, 2007 at 7:36 pm

I have that book! BTW, happy blog anniversary!


3 rob July 12, 2007 at 8:38 pm

You’re right – the illustrations are great and fitting to the story. What a great read!


4 Ladybug July 12, 2007 at 8:48 pm

I love that book!!


5 momof2 July 12, 2007 at 10:04 pm

your son would love Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman. Similasr but has a story within the story showing a mouse family recycling the fabric scraps!


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