Something from Nothing

Paperback | September 1, 2012

byPhoebe GilmanIllustratorPhoebe Gilman

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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.

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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, Gran...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 11.26 × 7.77 × 0.12 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443119466

ISBN - 13:9781443119467

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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 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 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