Something from Nothing

by Phoebe Gilman
Illustrator Phoebe Gilman

Scholastic Canada, Ltd | Trade Paperback

Something from Nothing is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
"Throw it out!" Cries Joseph''s mother. So Joseph runs to his grandfather with his favourite blanket. Grandpa can fix anything. From the tattered blanket, Grandpa makes a handsome jacket. With a few passes of his needle, a vest becomes a Sabbath tie. And snip! Snip! A ragged handkerchief turns into a brand-new button. But when the button is lost, what''s to be done? Even Grandpa can''t make something from nothing!

Phoebe Gilman''s loving portrait of shekel life will endear Joseph and his family to readers young and old.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 32 pages, 11.28 × 8.77 × 0.12 in

Publisher: Scholastic Canada, Ltd

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0590745573

ISBN - 13: 9780590745574

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite as a kid There are two charming stories revealed in this Jewish folktale--the verbal one of the blanket his grandfather makes and gives to baby Joseph; and the mice couple who become an elaborately dressed family under the floor as they use all the scraps that fall through the cracks. I think I always enjoy this book more than any of the kids I read it to. I really enjoy the slice of village life that adorns each page. I love the underlying theme of well using what one has, making something else useful from it. And I love the Mother's rhymed observations as time passes and Joseph grows older on every page, and Joseph's unfailing faith in his wonderful Grandfather who, he believes, can always fix it. But in the end when his button disappears and there is nothing left to fix, Joseph figures out one last use! Marvelous story.
Date published: 2012-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful this is a good book for the early grades and there is two stories in this book.
Date published: 2011-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story and pictures A wonderful book about the value of an item and the ability to reuse, recycle and re-purpose. The pictures are gorgeous...and there is the bonus of a secondary story told in the pictures along the bottom. Great book...our 2 year old LOVES it!
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Wonderful I use to love this book when I was in grade school, and just the other day I found it in the bookstore and HAD to buy it. Such a heart-warming story.
Date published: 2006-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Old Jewish fairy tale This story is adapted from a Jewish fairy tale, a great way to introduce other cultures. Better for older children.
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finding it made me want to cry I was read this book in elementry school. When I found it on the Internet I wanted to cry. This is the best book ever EVERYBODY SHOULD READ IT!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful My 1 1/2 yr old daughter loves this book and we're reading it about 10 times a day. And when we're not at home I recite it to her and this keeps her amused too.
Date published: 2001-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something From Nothing My daughter, aged 4 and my son, aged 5, each get to choose a bedtime story to be read to them every evening after bathtime. In 4 years, I have read 2 separate stories to my collective audience, every single night. When my daughter brought this book home from the school library, it was such a hit that I have been reading it twice each night - once for each child! We have to return it to the library tomorrow, much to the sadness of my darlings. When I finish typing this review, I am going to purchase a copy for them, as no other book to date has been loved as much.
Date published: 2000-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simply wonderful Being a bit picky when it comes to things my daughter reads, I really enjoyed this delightful tale of a little boy and his belief that his grandfather can fix anything. This story follows the changes in a blanket as it becomes a jacket,vest,tie,hankerchief, and finally a button as the littleboy grows older. Also look closely at the bottom of the pages and you will see that nothing is wasted from these special gifts.
Date published: 2000-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something from Nothing An enchanting story adapted from a Jewish folktale. Joseph’s grandfather made him a blanket when he was a baby. As Joseph grew older, the blanket became torn, so his grandfather created a jacket from the material. Later, the jacket is altered to become a vest, a tie, a handkerchief and finally a button. But when the button is lost, how will the grandfather create something from nothing? The illustrations in this story are wonderful. My favourite part is the sub-story within the illustrations, of the mice that use the scraps from Joseph's blanket to create more and more items for their own home.
Date published: 1999-09-21

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Something from Nothing

by Phoebe Gilman
Illustrator Phoebe Gilman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 32 pages, 11.28 × 8.77 × 0.12 in

Publisher: Scholastic Canada, Ltd

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0590745573

ISBN - 13: 9780590745574

From the Publisher

"Throw it out!" Cries Joseph''s mother. So Joseph runs to his grandfather with his favourite blanket. Grandpa can fix anything. From the tattered blanket, Grandpa makes a handsome jacket. With a few passes of his needle, a vest becomes a Sabbath tie. And snip! Snip! A ragged handkerchief turns into a brand-new button. But when the button is lost, what''s to be done? Even Grandpa can''t make something from nothing!

Phoebe Gilman''s loving portrait of shekel life will endear Joseph and his family to readers young and old.

About the Author

Pheobe Gilman was the beloved creator of the Jillian Jiggs series as well as the award-winning Something From Nothing, The Gypsy Princess, Pirate Pearl, Little Blue Ben, The Balloon Tree, and Grandma and the Pirates. She passed away in 2002.

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This wonderful book from children`s author and illustrator Phoebe Gilman is a beautiful adaptation of a Jewish folk tale. In Something From Nothing, the lovely blanket that Grandpa made for Joseph has begun to wear thin. But all he has to do is bring it back to Grandpa, who knows there`s always just enough fabric to turn it into something else. First it becomes a jacket, then when that wears out, a vest. When there`s only a tiny scrap of cloth left, he uses it to cover a button. Joseph is sad when he loses the button, but then he realizes that he has just enough of the old blanket left to make one more thing... a story! Kids three to eight years will love the simple rhymes and repetition in this lovely story of hope and renewal.  

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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