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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
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Feb 17, 2010

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The illustrations in this story were unique as small sections from several pages were cut out to allow the illustrations from a previous or upcoming page to show through. In this story, a man used an old overcoat to create many other pieces of clothing. From his overcoat, he made a jacket. From his jacket, he made a vest. Next, he made a tie. Each time he decided to make something new out of his overcoat, the item of clothing got smaller and smaller. This was conveyed by the size of the cut-out. As the story progressed, the cut-out also got smaller. This detail in the illustration might be fun for young readers to explore. Additionally, the sentences used in this story were short and simple. There was only one sentence per page. This book could be an exciting read for young students because the text would not be overwhelming, and it could lead to a discussion about reusing old materials to create something new. This book could potentially work in to a science lesson about reusing and recycling.

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