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Joseph Had A Little Overcoat [Hardcover]

By Simms Taback (Illustrator)
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An old Eastern European folk song provides the basis for a tale about a peasant who devises clever uses for his worn-out overcoat. By the creator of the Caldecott Honor Book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. 30,000 first printing.

Publishers Description
Joseph had a little overcoat, but it was full of holes--just like this book When Joseph's coat got too old and shabby, he made it into a jacket. But what did he make it into after that? And after that?

As children turn the pages of this book, they can use the die-cut holes to guess what Joseph will be making next from his amazing overcoat, while they laugh at the bold, cheerful artwork and learn that you can always make something, even out of nothing.

Awards and Recognitions
Joseph Had A Little Overcoat by Simms Taback has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Texas 2x2 Reading List - 2000 Recommended - Children's category
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award - 1999 Honor Book - Younger Readers category
  • Caldecott Medal - 2000 Winner - Picture Book category
  • National Jewish Book Award - 1999 Winner - Children's Picture category
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award - 2001 Nominee - Grades K-3 category
  • Red Clover Award - 2001 Nominee - Picture Book category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Joseph Had A Little Overcoat by Simms Taback has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1551
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/01/1999 page 82
  • Booklist - 01/01/2000 page 936
  • School Library Journal - 01/01/2000 page 112
  • New York Times - 02/13/2000 page 26
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1999 page 56
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/2000 page 82
  • Ingram Advance - 10/01/1999 page 71
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 706
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2000 page 56
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 1020

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Viking Juvenile
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.89" Width: 8.85" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1999
Publisher   Viking Juvenile
Age  4-8
ISBN  0670878553  
ISBN13  9780670878550  

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More About Simms Taback

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Simms Taback grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Cooper Union. He has worked as an art director and a graphic designer, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts and Syracause University. He has illustrated many children's books, including I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Viking), Spacy Riddles, Snakey Riddles, Buggy Riddles, and Fishy Riddles (all written by Katy Hall and lIsa Eisenberg, Dial).His work has won many awards, including the Caldecott Honor Award Medal for I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book.A father of three and grandfather of three, Mr. Taback lives with his wife in Willow, New Yorkcopyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Simms Taback currently resides in kingston, in the state of New York.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Joseph Had A Little Overcoat?

A surprise hit  Mar 7, 2008
I wasn't expecting much from this book, really.

It was given to us as a gift, and I sort of set it aside in the book basket. My wiley children pulled it out one day for a read, and it has been on the top of the heap ever since.

The text isn't much.

But oh, the illustrations. The pictures are full-page cut-paper collages and they will suck you in, as your kids point out all these little details. The people are hilariously real -- you can recognize people you know in their expressions.

Each page has a little peep-through to the next -- we love that!

The paper has a wonderful heaviness -- this is a high-quality book. I need to write another thank-you note to the giver, now that months have gone by and we really enjoy it.

Oh, even the animals in the story have funny little personalities. It's just a darling book.

And the moral of the story is, even when you have nothing, you can make something of it.
Great book!  Jan 12, 2008
This is a great book! My son loves it, and I enjoy reading it to him. The pictures are interesting and there's a lot on each page to entertain the eye. Plus, the story is really cute.
wonderful classic children's book  Jul 13, 2007
i love this book. the illustrations are great and the story is simple yet enjoyable for all ages.
Fun book "and it has a moral too"!  Apr 11, 2007
We were introduced to this book on Between the Lines. I found it at the library and once we got it home, my 3 yr. old feel in love. The message is great, the images fun and the story enjoyable. My son loved the book, but he wanted us to sing the song in the back. We did a poor job, then I found the audio book at the library. We listened again and again. Even my 1 yr. old enjoys it. Whenever my son sees sheet music he pretends to read it and sings "I Had a Little Overcoat". How could I not treasure this book forever?
fun for all ages  Mar 30, 2007
This is a great book! It has wonderful illustrations, hence The Caldecott Medal, and an engaging story. My son loves this book, especially turning the pages to find out what the overcoat will become next. This is not just a children's book, since I gave it to my professor and his wife and they both loved it. This is one of the books that I don't get tired of reading over and over.

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