Something from Nothing by Phoebe GilmanSomething from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

Something from Nothing

byPhoebe GilmanIllustratorPhoebe Gilman

Paperback | September 1, 2012

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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.

PHOEBE GILMAN is one of Canada's best-selling author-illustrators. Her books include the Jillian Jiggs series, The Balloon Tree, The Gypsy Princess and the award-winning Something from Nothing. Published posthumously, Jillian Jiggs and the Great Big Snow and her final book, The Blue Hippopotamus, illustrated by Joanne Fitzgerald, are w...
Title:Something from NothingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:32 pages, 11.28 × 8.84 × 0.11 inShipping dimensions:11.28 × 8.84 × 0.11 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443119466

ISBN - 13:9781443119467

Appropriate for ages: 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Very sweet, might I add a great way to show resourcefullness
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favorite childhood books we made my mother read us this almost every night. the pictures of the little mice using the scraps is one of my favorite parts of this book. such a sweet story... i'm about to have my first little one and this is a book i'll definitely be reading to him!
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book A classic that never gets old. I love that there are two stories going on. Kids love this book as much as I do! A must have for any child's library!
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Story full of Tradition This story is rich with Jewish Tradition. This is a must read!!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic fable I think this is a great book that teaches the importance of making the best of a bad situation. It is also an interesting look at the value of childhood toys and momentos. I could not recommend it more highly
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Family Story. I purchased this book for my son when he was just 7 months old. I will never ever regret this purchase. This is a great book from start to finish that will tug on your heart strings. My son is 6 now and this book still comes off of our shelf regularly :)
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story. One of my favorite stories. Beautiful storyline.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgic and Clever Story Love this story from my childhood! It is clever and well written with repetition that allows children who aren't reading yet to participate. I love the parallel story of a mouse family found in the illustrations.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Teaching This book was from my childhood. I remember reading it in school. I'm going to read it to my son as it is an amazing story for
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Touching Story I have loved this book since I was a child and am happy to see that children in my life love it too.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautful Classic and wonderful book to read
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from family fave this was read to my daughter's at school & they had to have a copy of their own. A must have book with a touching story and lovely message. great book to give, great book to receive...
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Favourite This was one of my favourite books as a child and I have recently purchased it as an adult to add to my library. A wonderful story with stunning artwork. I definitely recommend as a gift for any younger children.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Favourite This was one of my favourite books as a child and I have recently purchased it as an adult to add to my library. A wonderful story with stunning artwork. I definitely recommend as a gift for any younger children.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story! This is a beautiful story! I remember reading it as a child and being touched.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read it I think i read this. The cover looks very familiar. What I'm remembering is a nice story
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Culturally Fantastic! As a Learning Commons Facilitator, I absolutely love this book. I have read it during story time in our school faithfully for 9 years. A wonderful story about a little boy whose grandfather made him a baby blanket when he was little but now it's worn and torn. "Grandpa can fix it" and grandpa proceeds to make a jacket out of it, then the jacket get's shrunken and small, and grandpa makes a wonderful vest out of the jacket, the story proceeds on and on. The children love to guess what grandpa is going to make next.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it then and still do now This was probably my favourite book (or one of my favourite) to read as a child. There was a nice rhythm in the way the repetitiveness of the story progressed.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite children's book!! As a Supply Teacher I always have this in my bag to bring to a new school. The students love hearing this as a read aloud!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This story has a great message, and kids love joining in with the repeating words.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic with a great message I read this as a kid, and it's one of my favourite books to gift as well.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from something for nothing such a beautiful story and illustrations
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story! This book brings back so many nostalgic memories of my childhood. I remember when I was in elementary school, the librarian read this book to my class and I, and I absolutely loved the story. The story still sticks with me to this day, I definitely recommend it not only for children but also an enjoyable quick read for adults. It's one of my favourite stories for children. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Love It! I enjoyed this book so much as a young child- I still find it entertaining today! The illustrations are beautiful and the story is a great lesson wrapped up in a creative, well-plotted tale. A pleasure to read and a great book for children!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Phoebe Gilman is amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-15
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