Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
Taback, Simms; Ziefert, Harriet (Illustrator)

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.


A Jewish man, living in Poland, has a very old overcoat which he recycles several times into a variety of garments.

Caldecott Medal
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JP Taback
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