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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

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.