Joseph Had a Little Overcoat: Simms Taback

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Author/Illustrator: Simms Taback
Publisher: Viking
Publication Year: 1999
Brief Summary: Joseph gets creative and resourceful when his overcoat starts getting old and worn.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

National Jewish Book Award, 1999′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Illustrated Children”s Book’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 2000′ ‘ Winner’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Sydney Taylor Book Award, 1999′ ‘ Honor Book’ ‘ Younger Readers’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 13th Edition, 2002 ; National Council of Teachers of English
Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2000 ; Bank Street College of Education
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Los Angeles’ 100 Best Books, 1999 ; IRA Children’s Literature and Reading SIG and the Los Angeles Unified School District
Not Just for Children Anymore!, 2001 ; Children’s Book Council
Notable Children’s Books, 2000 ; ALSC American Library Association
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, January 2000 ; Cahners

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss collage style in art; what do you see in the cutout windows?
  • Discuss sayings found in the book: “”What one has, one doesn’t want, and what one wants, one doesn’t have.”, “Better to have an ugly patch than a beautiful hole”, “You can always make something out of nothing.”
  • What does this book teach about resourcefulness/recycling/reusing?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.: Author’s note at the end about adapting the book from a Yiddish folk song “I had a little overcoat”

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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