Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 coat--a button--and 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.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
What do you do with an overcoat that is torn and worn but that is so dear that you can't toss it out? Cut it down, trim it and turn it into something else. That's just what Simms Taback does in his Caldecott Medal book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Taback has clothed this well-known tale with comic characters, bold colors and a die-cut on each page to highlight the journey from coat to button to memory. The only thing left is to tell the story. Each page is enriched with details appreciated more by adults than children--for example, a newspaper headline reads "Fiddler On Roof Falls Off Roof" or "Chelm Rabbi Knows Why the Ocean is Salty" (It's due to the herring)! Family pictures adorn the walls and peer out of apartment windows, Yiddish newspapers lying on the floor, books with authors such as Sholom Aleichem and I.L. Peretz all vie for attention and inspire adults to share this book with their children and grandchildren. The music is included at the end of the book. 1999, Viking, Ages 4 to Adult, $15.99. Reviewer: Jan Lieberman
School Library Journal
Pre-Gr 3-A book bursting at the seams with ingenuity and creative spirit. When Joseph's overcoat becomes "old and worn," he snips off the patches and turns it into a jacket. When his jacket is beyond repair, he makes a vest. Joseph recycles his garments until he has nothing left. But by trading in his scissors for a pen and paintbrush he creates a story, showing "you can always make something out of nothing." Clever die-cut holes provide clues as to what Joseph will make next: windowpanes in one scene become a scarf upon turning the page. Striking gouache, watercolor, and collage illustrations are chock-full of witty details-letters to read, proverbs on the walls, even a fiddler on the roof. Taback adapted this tale from a Yiddish folk song and the music and English lyrics are appended. The rhythm and repetition make it a perfect storytime read-aloud.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670878550
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/15/2000
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
98,455
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 10.81(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this story. She would ask me to read over and over again.
sunshineLF More than 1 year ago
Moral of story is optomism. Charming and fun for any age. Also teaches provident living.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Simmis Taback won the Caldecott Medal in 2000 for Joseph Had A Little Overcoat. He won a Caldecott Honor for his book There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. He lives and works in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. Joseph had an overcoat that he had worn for a long time. He did not want to throw it away, so he made a jacket out of it. He kept the jacket for a long time, and then made something else out of it. Joseph kept making different things out of his overcoat because he did not want to throw it away. Finally he made a button, and lost it. Then, he decides to do something else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph had a over coat that was all ratty and tore. What could he do with it. he didn't want to get rid of it so he found a way to make it into something else. 'Joseph had a little overcoat, but it was old and worn.' 'So he made a Jacket out of it.' What else can Joseph do with the overcoat? Will it ever disappear? Read and you will find out. Simms Tadack has won the Caldecott Honor Medal for there was an old lady who swollowed a fly. He lives in the catskill moutians in upstate new york. I realy enjoy this book and it is on a 1st grade reading level. This show children that you can have something forever if you just use your imagination. Taback, Simmons. JOSEPH HAD A LITTLE OVERCOAT. New York Viking, 1977.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a Caldecott Medal Winner. This is a story that would be appropriate for children ages 4-8. This is a great story to read to young children because it teaches them that there is a use for everything. It teaches children not to take things for granted. This is a story about a boy named Joseph who had an over coat. When it got old and was torn he made it into a jacket. ¿He made a jacket out of it and went to the fair¿. When the jacket became worn he turned it into a vest. Each time that the garment became tattered he didn¿t throw it away he created a way to still use the piece of clothing. When the vest becomes torn what will Joseph to with it next? The author is Simms Taback. He has written many children¿s books and one other has received a Caldecott Honor award. Mr. Taback lives in upstate New York. Taback, Simms. Joseph had a Little Overcoat. New York: Viking, 1977.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simms Taback has captured the imagination of many children with his many wonderful picture books. He has illustrated over 35 books including one of my very favorite books, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, which was a Caldecott honor book in 1998. He has also given us the Happy Meal box. That¿s right Simms Taback was the designer and illustrator of the very first McDonalds Happy Meal box. Among the many books that he has illustrated and created is Joseph Had A Little Overcoat. This book won the Caldecott medal in 2000. It is a very cute story of a man named Joseph who wears his overcoat until it gets holes in it. When it gets holes he decides to cut it up and make a vest out of it. When the vest gets worn he decides to make a handkerchief out of it. He continues to make smaller and smaller pieces of clothing. What will he do when he gets to the end of the fabric? This is a delightful book to read with or to children. I loved it. It reminded me of my favorite book There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Taback wrote the book to show that you can always make something even out of nothing. Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. New York. Viking, 1999. Reading Level 1.7
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott Book Title: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Reading Level: Pre-School ¿ Kindergarten Genre: Fiction About the Author: Simms Taback won a Caldecott Hone Medal for his book There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, which also featured an innovative die-cut format. It received a Parent¿s Choice Gold Award, a Parenting Certificate of Excellence, and was chosen a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 1997. He lives and works in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. Book Review: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is about a man named Joseph who had an overcoat, but it was full of holes. When his coat got too old and worn, he made it into a jacket. Then the jacket got old and worn ¿so he made a vest out of it and danced at his nephew¿s wedding.¿ When his vest got old and worn he made it into a scarf. Joseph continues to make something different out of the item that gets worn and old. ¿Joseph had a little handkerchief. It got old and worn. So he made a button out of it and used it to fasten his suspenders.¿ The moral of this story is that you can make something out of nothing. I believe young readers will really enjoy this delightful story. Bibliographic Information: Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. New York: Viking a Member of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph makes many articles of clothing out of an overcoat that is worn out. When these articles of clothing start looking old and worn out, he makes a different article of clothing that he can use. When Joseph loses the last part of his overcoat, the button, he makes a last surprising find. Can you make something out of nothing? Reading level 4-8. Fantasy Fiction. Tabach, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. NY: Viking. 1999.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taback Simms, Joseph had a little over coat, published by the penguin group new York, new your 1999 This book is very interesting. It can be used to teach motorization and sequence learning. It is a fun way to see how things can start out as one thing but through time be made in to something completely new and different. The children will have fun trying to figure out what the last object the Joseph makes when he has nothing left. It can be used to teach a valuable lesson that you can always make something out of nothing.. I enjoyed the book it had fun colors and playful pictures. The reading level was 3.I think many children will enjoy this book and there are many activity¿s that could be done with the students using this book It wasn't until he began to create the Caldecott-winning book, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat 'Viking', that he experienced something quite different. It turned into a personal journey of artistic expression and discovery that he had not expected. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is a story set in a world he had heard so much about as a child, filled with memories of family and of a thriving culture that no longer exists. It was adapted from a Yiddish folk song and is a good example of Yiddishkayt, meaning 'Jewish life' or 'Jewish world-view.' It embodies the values and struggles of life in the Shtetl, the small villages. The Kohn 'or Cohen' family lived in one of these villages where his Zada, his grandfather, Meyer Kohn, earned his living as a blacksmith. The author use the Kohn name in the book as Joseph's family name Yiddish was his first language. When he started school, he forgot all the Yiddish he knew as a child. He id a great deal of learning and research to relearn what he once knew. Simms Taback grew up in New York City and pursued a varied career in the applied arts as a graphic designer, advertising agency art director, and a partner in a design/illustration office. His illustration and design work has been cited by the Society of Illustrators, Art Directors Club, American Institute of Graphic Arts 'AIGA', and the Greeting Card Association.Simms has illustrated about thirty-five books for children. His work has been twice selected for the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award and his adaptation of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly was chosen as a Caldecott Honor Book for 1998.¿so he made a jacket out of it and went to the fair¿ Joseph had a little scarf, it got old and worn¿ you can always make something of nothing. Hey kids how can you turn coat in to a button. How can you turn nothing in to something. Read this book and find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, ¿Joseph Had a Little Overcoat,¿ by Simms Taback was originally published in 1977, but was published again in 1999 because Taback felt that his first publication of the book could be better. Taback was born in 1932 in Bronx, New York. Throughout his life, he has written and illustrated many children books. He originally wanted to pursue a degree in engineering, but his artistic skill took over. His book, ¿Joseph Had a Little Overcoat,¿ is about a guy named Joseph who had an overcoat that was old, torn, and shabby. Throughout the book, Joseph makes good use out of his old and worn coat. First Joseph takes his old overcoat and makes a jacket out of it, and then after his jacket gets old and shabby, Joseph becomes creative and makes a vest. After the vest is old and worn, Joseph then makes a scarf. Each time, Joseph takes the same piece of fabric and makes it into something else that is useful. What will Joseph, with his creative thinking, make next? At the end of the book, what do you think the old and shabby overcoat will become? Taback did an amazing job with this book. Not only did he use attractive illustrations to grasp the reader¿s attention, but he also wrote the book in a simple, pleasurable way. The illustrations are done in vibrant colors, and the images appear to be realistic although they are drawn in a cartoon image. Tabacks collage technique also makes the book very appealing. At the end of the book, Taback writes ¿You can always make something out of nothing.¿ I think this is an excellent quote from the book because it is a good moral lesson towards children. It also teaches a child that useless things can be recycled and used again. Taback, without a doubt, deserved the Caldecott Medal for this wonderful book. The reading level for this book is first grade. Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. New York: Viking, 1999.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph starts out with a worn out overcoat. From there he uses his creativity to make different things till ... he loses it. But wait! He has one last idea. What can you make with nothing? Well, you'll have to read to find out. This was truely a cute book. The one to two sentence pages makes it an easy read for the younger ages. But the moral of the story 'you can always make something out of nothing' makes it a great book for all ages. Simms Taback was the author and illustrator of this book, recieved a Caldecott Medal for this book. The pages were colorful and the 'die-cut' format added to the book. I feel he definitly deserved the Caldecott Medal. Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. NY: Penguin Putnam. 1999.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Caldecott Award Winner titled Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is a great classic picture book for the younger audiences. This picture book would be suitable for children ages four to eight. It would also be a great beginner book for children who are starting to read. The characters in this picture book are static and don¿t essentially change. The illustrations in this book are colorful and eye catching for the reader and the audience. In fact, the illustrations in this picture book practically stand out of the pages. The plot of the story is coherent as well as cumulative which also catches the younger audience¿s attention because its simple. Another great characteristic of this picture book is the lesson it teaches. The moral of the story is announced at the ending of the book which states ¿You can always make something out of nothing¿. Simms Taback has won additional awards for one of his books titled There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, which won a Caldecott Honor Medal in addition to Parents` Choice Gold Award. Taback¿s books have been very popular with the younger readers. Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. New York, The Penguin Group. 1977.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The picture book titled Song And Dance Man is without a doubt worthy of the Caldecott Medal award. Full of imagination and excitement, this picture book captures the attention of young readers as soon as the story unfolds. This picture book consists of a well thought out plot which is heartwarming and varies in suitability for young readers from the very youngest audiences to beginner readers. The characters in this picture book remain essentially static and don¿t change. The text of this picture book is so well written and thoroughly detailed. The illustrations in this picture book are utterly remarkable with immense detail. In addition, the illustrations naturally draws the readers and listeners into the story. The story¿s setting most likely took place sometime in the past. The plot itself evokes strong emotions from the past which keeps the audience feeling excited and in high spirits. This is a picture book that many young readers will take pleasure in reading over and over. This picture book could also fall in the genre¿s of both biographical and historical realism because the story could have actually happened in the past, a grandfather could have actually been a tap dancer. Also, the picture book contains historical information about the grandfather¿s past. The author of this bright picture book, Karen Ackerman, has written numerous picture books. For example, ¿Flannery Row: An Alphabet Rhyme¿ which won the ¿Parents` Choice Award¿. Today Karen resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. The illustrator of this book, Stephen Gammell, is highly talented. In fact, he has not only illustrated two Caldecott Honor books, he has also written several books as well. Ackerman, Karen. Song And Dance Man. New York, Stephen Gammell, 1988
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is a delightful story of a man named Joseph who had a coat that was old and worn. Joseph was very proud of his coat and as time passed it became even more old and worn, ¿so he made a jacket out of it and went to the fair.¿ Joseph¿s love for his coat inspired him to be creative and to think of new uses for it as the threads continued to unravel. A true story of making the best out of what you¿ve got and definitely one of my favorite books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is a Caldecott medal winner. Joseph had an over coat that was old and torn. When Joseph¿s coat got to old and shabby, he made it into a jacket. ¿..he made a jacket out of it and went to the fair.¿ After Joseph¿s jacket go old and torn he made a vest. Each time it got old he made good use of it. What will the overcoat end up being? This book would be good for grades 1-4. I loved this book. This book helps children learn that there is a use for everything. This book is a realistic fiction book. The author Simms Taback has written many children¿s books. He also received a Caldecott Honor medal for his book, There was an old lady who swallowed a fly. Taback lives and works in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. New York: Viking, 1977.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph starts out with a little overcoat and changes it into a jacket. He does not want to throw it away if it gets worn he wants to change it into something else. So he goes from a jacket to a vest then to a scarf then to a tie and then to a handkerchief and then finally to a button. Joseph did like he said and kept reusing the material. But Joseph ¿lost his button and then had nothing.¿ So he made a book about it which shows you that ¿you can always make something out of nothing.¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph had a Little Overcoat is a colorfully illustrated story about a boy who has an overcoat and manages to use it in everyway he can instead of throwing it away when it gets worn out. For example 'he made a vest out of it' when there was nothing else to do with it. He also patched his coat, 'better to have an ugly patch than a beautiful hole.' Taback Simms is the author of this story, he grew up in Bronx NY, and became a designer for the New York Times. Simms, Taback. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. New York: Viking, 1999.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simms Taback¿s Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is a brilliant and educational book for children. Simms writes of Joseph whom he portrays as himself. When he was a little boy, Simms had a favorite song that was about an over coat. In this story Joseph has an old ragged coat that when it gets so wore that he can¿t use anymore him makes it into something new. Over and over from a coat to a jacket from a jacket to vest, then into a scarf, then to a tie and when the tie wore out he made it into a handkerchief. When the handkerchief was all worn, torn, and ragged he made it into a button to help hold up his suspenders. But then Joseph misplaced the button and had nothing left to make anything knew. Joseph took something out of nothing and wrote a book about it. Simms sends a strong message to children that ¿something can be made out of nothing¿. Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. New York: Penguin Group Publishing, 1999
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is about Joseph who had a coat that had a lot of holes in it! I loved this book because it sparks a child¿s imagination. Each page is a new adventure for the reader. It also shows how you can take something old and ratty and make it into something beautiful. The artwork was very colorful and enticing. This book would be good for kindergarteners or first graders. Simms Taback is famous for his children¿s books and Smithsonian calendars. He worked for the New York Times as an illustrator and eventually opened his own design studio. He lives with his wife who is also a writer and three grown children. Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Viking Penguin. 2000.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not only adorable, but it has a great theme as well. ¿Joseph had a little overcoat and it became old and worn¿. His overcoat transformed into smaller and smaller items until he lost it. He had nothing or did he? Remember, ¿you can make something out of nothing.¿ This book is an inspiration to children by teaching them to not give up and use their creativity and imagination. Mr. Taback wrote a note at the end explaining how he changed his favorite song into a book. You can indeed make something out of nothing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback, is a wonderful story. The theme of the book is that you can always make something out of nothing. The book is centered around Joseph and his overcoat. Like Joseph the coat is growing old. Instead of throwing it away he decides to make something new out of what is left. Joseph is constantly coming up with new ideas, for example, 'Joseph had a little jacket. It got old and worn. So he mad a vest out of it.' I would recommend this book to 1st and 2nd graders. Simms Taback grew up in Bronx, New York, where he originally wanted to be a engineer. Eventually he realized his true passion and enrolled in Cooper Union. As an illustrator he has worked with graphic artist with CBS Records, was a designer for the New York Times, owned his own design studio, taught at the School of Visual Art and Syracuse University, and illustrated over 35 books. He won the Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat in 2000. Simms Taback is an incredible writer and illustrator, and his book, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, is a fine example. He uses colorful and vibrant pictures. Also in the book he die-cut throughout the story to show what Joseph will make next. Also if you pay close attention to his illustration, you will notice different small pictures of people throughout history. One of those photos, is a photo of Sigmund Fruad. Also notice that there are small saying scattered throughtout the story an example is,'Better to have an ugly patch than a beautiful hole.' I truly enjoyed reading this book. I even found myself flipping back thru the book to read the little saying and to identify the different figures. It is a remarkable book. Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. New York: Penguin Putnam Books, 1999.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books theme is about a man named Joseph who had a overcoat. But, soon it started too old and shabby and he made it a jacket. Joseph loves the coat so much very time he changes the coat into another form of clothing like a tie, vest, scarf, and a handkerchief. What else can Joseph make with the coat next, have any ideas? As you turn the pages in this book it has die-cut holes to show you what does makes out of the coat. The moral is that he makes something out of everything or nothing. The genre of this book is a picture book. It would be a wonderful book for every age child to enjoy and understand that you can use a coat to make several different items from it. The author of this book Simmns Taback is an illustrated about thirty-five book for children, twice being selected for a New York Times Best Illustrated Book award. In 2000 he was awarded the distinguished Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is a classic book that reminds me of the woman who ate the fly story/riddle. It is an easy to read book that children would enjoy to read as well as listen to. This book could also be used in the classroom with an interactive activity as well. The children could be very creative with this! The book starts from a man who owns a big overcoat and overtime gets smaller and smaller until the overcoat is soon the size of a button. The children start to notice the size difference starting from big to small and start to laugh, guess, and anticipate the next item they think the material will turn into. It allows children to have an imagination and keeps them focused while having fun reading or listening to the story. The illustrations were bright and detailed, and the cutouts drew the children in as well because they got to witness the change from the material changing from big to small. I believe this was a great book for children to read! 5 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott: Joseph Had A Little Overcoat, keeps your attention. From page to page it keeps you wondering what he will turn the material into next. I thought Joseph was very useful/creative in turning the material into something new every time it got worn out. Simms Taback is an award-winning illustrator known for his picture books, posters, Smithsonian calendars and his own line of greeting cards. He grew up in Bronx, New York and originally wanted to pursue a degree in engineering after graduating from Music and Art High School. His creative talents took over, however, and he enrolled in Cooper Union. Mr. Taback's illustrious career included graphic artist with CBS Records, a designer for the New York Times, opening his own design studio, teaching at the School of Visual Arts and Syracuse University, and illustrating over thirty-five children's books. When he's not illustrating or receiving awards, Simms Taback enjoys life with his wife, a writer, in Willow, New York. He has three grown children. The book, Joseph Had A Little Overcoat, is about a man and his overcoat. His overcoat becomes ragged, so he turns it into a jacket. Then the jacket turns ragged and he turns it into something else. He continues this process throughout the book. The man is trying to show people that you can make something out of nothing. ¿Joseph had a little jacket. It got old and worn. So he made a vest out of it,¿. This shows that once Joseph¿s jacket got worn out he made it into something else. He did not throw it away. Taback, Simms. Joseph Had A Little Overcoat. New York: Penguin Putnam Books, 1999. Grade Level: 1st