Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, based upon a Yiddish folk song, tells the story of Joseph, the owner of a brown plaid overcoat. As the story progresses, the fabric wears out, causing him to craft smaller and smaller articles of clothing out of the material – a jacket, a vest, a scarf, a tie, a handkerchief, etc.
When I originally skimmed through Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, I was very pleased. I was pleased because it was a unique story which carried the values of thriftiness and stewardship. But upon a more attentive reading, I was even more pleased. Rather than being a shallow, sparsely decorated book, it was rich in detail. If you ever read Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, be sure to read every bit of writing on the page – don’t just read the text, read the plaques on the wall, the newspaper clippings, and the book titles. They are the best part of the book.
The illustration style is bold and blotchy. Although this is not my favorite style, it is rescued by the delightfulness of the story.
Conclusion. Very, very sweet.
Review © 2013 Laura Verret