Joseph had a little overcoat

by Taback, Simms.

Format: Book on CD 2001
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Childrens' Audio Visual j CD KIT JOS
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Childrens' Audio Visual
Call Number  j CD KIT JOS
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Audio Books j CD KIT TABACK Simms
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Audio Books
Call Number  j CD KIT TABACK Simms
..".With amusing sound effects, musical accompaniment, and Taback's playful reading, this is a listening delight...At the end of the story, Taback sings the Yiddish folk song that is the basis for the story...a worthy addition to any children's library, public or private." - AudioFile Magazine
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4^-7. This newly illustrated version of a book Taback first published in 1977 is a true example of accomplished bookmaking--from the typography and the endpapers to the bar code, set in what appears to be a patch of fabric. Taback's mixed-media and collage illustrations are alive with warmth, humor, and humanity. Their colors are festive yet controlled, and they are filled with homey clutter, interesting characters, and a million details to bring children back again and again. The simple text, which was adapted from the Yiddish song "I Had a Little Overcoat," begins as Joseph makes a jacket from his old, worn coat. When the jacket wears out, Joseph makes a vest, and so on, until he has only enough to cover a button. Cut outs emphasize the use and reuse of the material and add to the general sense of fun. When Joseph loses, he writes a story about it all, bringing children to the moral "You can always make something out of nothing." --Tim Arnold"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As in his Caldecott Honor book, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Taback's inventive use of die-cut pages shows off his signature artwork, here newly created for his 1977 adaptation of a Yiddish folk song. This diverting, sequential story unravels as swiftly as the threads of Joseph's well-loved, patch-covered plaid coat. A flip of the page allows children to peek through to subsequent spreads as Joseph's tailoring produces items of decreasing size. The author puts a droll spin on his narrative when Joseph loses the last remnant of the coatÄa buttonÄand decides to make a book about it. "Which shows... you can always make something out of nothing," writes Taback, who wryly slips himself into his story by depicting Joseph creating a dummy for the book that readers are holding. Still, it's the bustling mixed-media artwork, highlighted by the strategically placed die-cuts, that steals the show. Taback works into his folk art a menagerie of wide-eyed animals witnessing the overcoat's transformation, miniature photographs superimposed on paintings and some clever asides reproduced in small print (a wall hanging declares, "Better to have an ugly patch than a beautiful hole"; a newspaper headline announces, "Fiddler on Roof Falls off Roof"). With its effective repetition and an abundance of visual humor, this is tailor-made for reading aloud. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Coats -- Fiction.
Clothing and dress -- Fiction.
Coats -- Folklore.
Toy and movable books.
Folklore -- Europe, Eastern.
Jews -- Folklore.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Pine Plains, N.Y. :Live Oak Media,2001
Contributors Klezmatics (Musical group)
Participants/Performers Performed by Simms Taback with members of the Klezmatics.
Language English
Notes Track 1: Naration with page turn signals -- track 2: I had a little overcoat song in English -- track 3: I had a little overcoat song in Yiddish -- track 4: Narration with no page turn signals -- track 5: I had a little overcoat song in English -- track 6: I had a little overcoat song in Yiddish.
Track 1: 6:08 (Narration with page turn signals) -- Track 2: 3:42 ("I Had a Little Overcoat" song in English) -- Track 3: 4:37 ("I Had a Little Overcoat" song in Yiddish) -- Track 4: 5:49 (Narration with no page turn signals) -- Track 5: 3:42 ("I Had a Little Overcoat" song in English) -- Track 6: 5:49 ("I Had a Little Overcoat" song in Yiddish).
Awards Caldecott Medal, 2000
Description 1 audio disc (approximately 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm)
ISBN 1591124107 (compact disc)
9781591124108 (compact disc)
0670878553 (hardcover)
9780670878550 (hardcover)
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