Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

This beautifully illustrated children's book by Simms Taback tells the story of a master recycler. I am constantly looking for ways to teach my daughter the value of reusing things. She loves to read stories together, so Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, a Caldecott Medal book, was a brilliant addition to her bookshelf.

In the book, a hole appears in Joseph's overcoat, so he makes a jacket out of it. The overcoat gets smaller and smaller as the story goes on, but Joseph makes good use of every last little scrap of it. In a culture that equates "new" with "good," I like that Joseph Had a Little Overcoat promotes a more frugal and simpler lifestyle.

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