Something From Nothing
Adapted From A Jewish FolktaleBook - 1992
Joseph's grandfather made him a beautiful blanket when he was a baby, but now it's frazzled and worn, and Joseph's mother says it is time to throw it out. Joseph doesn't want to part with his special blanket, and he's sure that his grandfather can fix it. Sure enough, Grandfather miraculously alters the blanket into useful items again and again. But when Joseph loses the final item, even Grandfather can't make something from nothing. But maybe Joseph can?
Based on the Yiddish folktale "Joseph's overcoat," Phoebe Gilman's gorgeous artwork charts the transformation of the blanket and the progress of Joseph's family through the years, subtly teaching young readers about a lost way of life.
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SurreyGreatBooks4Kids Mar 28, 2017
A little boy's blanket wears out and his loving grandfather keeps repurposing it until it is nothing but a tender story: a variation of a classic Jewish folktale. It is unforgettable because of the illustrations and the subplot starring adorable mice.
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When Joseph was a baby , his grandfather made him a wonderful blanket. As Joseph grew up , the blanket wore out. Joseph's mother wants the blanket thrown out , but wise grandpa keeps making things out of the pieces as they get smaller and smaller. The final piece is made into a button . When the button gets lost , Joseph has grown up enough to know what to do.
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