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In today's throwaway world, Joseph's old-fashioned frugality is a welcome change. Based on a Yiddish song from Simms Taback's youth (lyrics and music reproduced on the last page), the book is filled with rhythms and arresting colors that will delight every reader. As more and more holes appear in Joseph's coat, die-cut holes appear on the pages, hinting at each next manifestation. The illustrations are striking, created with gouache, watercolor, collage, pencil, and ink. Every inch of space is crammed with fanciful, funny details, such as the headline on a discarded newspaper: "Fiddler on Roof Falls off Roof." Taback, esteemed creator of the Caldecott Honor-winning There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and the classic Too Much Noise, has produced a picture book that is as well turned out as its dapper hero. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
A charming story of reusing old objects and enjoying time with your friends and family. As Joseph's overcoat becomes worn, it's turned into a jacket, a vest, a scarf, and so on... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dione Basseri
Read this book to two 2nd grade classes and they loved it. They liked guessing what Joseph would make next using the cutouts as a hint. This book is a very short and easy read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robbie
My grandkids love this book, and I love reading it to them. Have given it as a gift many times.Published 4 months ago by Judi Jacover
This is a very clever story and so beautifully illustrated. It's no surprise that it achieved the Caldecott Award. SusanPublished 6 months ago by susan ireland