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Something from Nothing

Categories: Picture Book
ISBN: 9781443119467 Pages: 32 Ages: 5-8 Dimensions: 7.750" x 11.250"
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About this book

Phoebe Gilman's beloved classic celebrates its 20th anniversary!

Joseph's grandfather made him a beautiful blanket when he was a baby, but now it's frazzled and worn, and Joseph's mother says it is time to throw it out. Joseph doesn't want to part with his special blanket, and he's sure that his grandfather can fix it. Sure enough, Grandfather miraculously alters the blanket into useful items again and again. But when Joseph loses the final item, even Grandfather can't make something from nothing. But maybe Joseph can?

Based on the Yiddish folktale "Joseph's overcoat," Phoebe Gilman's gorgeous artwork charts the transformation of the blanket and the progress of Joseph's family through the years, subtly teaching young readers about a lost way of life.


Award Winner, Ruth Schwartz Award 1993
Award Winner, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award 1993
Award Winner, Sydney Taylor Book Award for Older Readers 1993
Award Winner, Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Younger Readers 1993
Shortlisted, Utah Children's Picture Book Award 1995
Shortlisted, Mr. Christie's Book Award 1992
Commended, Canadian Materials Best of the Year list 1994
Commended, Canadian Library Association, Notable 1992
Commended, American Bookseller Magazine's "Pick of the List" 1994
Commended, Antigo Sugar Maple Award 1995
Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice 1992
Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2008
Commended, White Ravens Selection (International Youth Library) 1994

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