Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
|Genre||Children's picture book|
|398.2 E 21|
|LC Class||PZ7.T1115 Jo 1999|
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is the title of a 1999 book by Simms Taback that won the 2000 Caldecott Medal. The main character is Joseph, a 40-something Jewish farmer, who has a little striped overcoat. When it is old, Joseph makes it into a little jacket and so on until he makes it into a button. Then Joseph loses the button and makes a story out of it. The moral of the story is "you can always make something out of nothing."
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is based on the Yiddish song I Had a Little Overcoat. 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."
- Barbara Kiefer Chairs the Caldecott Award Committee. June 1, 1999.
- Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 – Present. Association for Library Service to Children.
- Judy Halpern. Green Teacher. April 1, 2003.
- Angie West, Jodi Stevens, Cheryl Delia, Valerie Bradshaw, and Mike Kahn. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.
- I Had a Little Overcoat
- Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.
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