Thursday, June 13, 2013

Joseph had a little Overcoat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Author & Illustrator:   Simms Taback
Publisher:  Viking Press
Publication Year:   1999
Location: Personal library

Awards:   Caldecott

Summary:  Based on the Yiddish song "I had a little overcoat." Joseph has a coat and parts of it wear out and he continues to remake it into new things. Finally it ends up a button. The illustrations mix watercolor and cut paper in collages.

Review: Barbara Kiefer, chair of the Caldecott Award Committee, commented, "Vibrant rich colors, playful details, and skillfully-placed die cuts contribute to the books raucous merriment that takes this Yiddish folk song far beyond the simple words."

Classroom Ideas: Theme: You can always make something out of nothing. (reuse?)

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