Folktale (fiction), Trade Book, Lexile 330
Based on an old Yiddish folk song, this funny story traces the history of Joseph's overcoat. As it gets older and older, Joseph's coat turns into a jacket, a vest, a scarf, a necktie, a handkerchief, and a button. When he loses the button, Joseph turns the experience into a song, proving that "you can always make something out of nothing." The colorful, childlike illustrations won Simms Taback the Caldecott Award.
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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
By Simms Taback
Trade Book Lesson
Make, revise, and confirm predictions to understand text
Sequence story events
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify complete sentences
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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