Something from Nothing

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Scholastic, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 27 pages
11 Reviews
When Joseph's cherished baby blanket becomes old and tattered, his grandfather transforms the blanket into a wonderful jacket-and then into a vest, a tie, a handkerchief, and a button. When the button is lost, Joseph realizes that even his grandfather can't make something from nothing. But Joseph can-he immortalizes the blanket in this warm and loving adaptation of a Jewish folk tale. Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

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User Review  - raizel - LibraryThing

Yet another retelling of the Yiddish song, "Joseph Had an Overcoat." Lots of repetition make it a good story-time story. The illustrations show what shtetl life was like for a Jewish family. At the ... Read full review

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User Review  - caitlinsnead - LibraryThing

The blanket Joseph's grandfather made him is transformed into many things as the years go by: a jacket, a vest, a tie, a handkerchief--and finally a button. Gilman's modern adaptation and lively illustrations turn this favorite Jewish tale into a contemporary classic. Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Phoebe Gilman is one of North America s best loved author/illustrators and is the winner of numerous honors, including the Vicky Metcalf and Ruth Schwartz awards. The author and illustrator of Something from Nothing, The Balloon Tree was her rst book, and it is an enduring favorite with her fans.

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