Joseph Had A Little Overcoat explores Recycling and Bal Taschit
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Joseph Had A Little Overcoat explores Recycling and Bal Taschit

Categories Do Not Destroy 
Book Title: Joseph Had A Little Overcoat

Author: Simms Taback

Illustrator: Simms Taback

Jewish Value: Do Not Destroy

Book Summary:

Joseph had a little overcoat, but it was full of holes—just like this book! When Joseph's coat got too old and shabby, he made it into a jacket. But what did he make it into after that? And after that?

As children turn the pages of this book, they can use the die-cut holes to guess what Joseph will be making next from his amazing overcoat, while they laugh at the bold, cheerful artwork and learn that you can always make something, even out of nothing.

Topic(s) Addressed:

This resource was created by the PJ Library at the PJ Library Educator s Center. Created for Family programs, this resource and its activities can be utilized, possibly with modifications, in a variety of children s learning environments.

Central values: Not wasting (bal tashchit), recycling, cherishing objects (there is “no one thing in the world without its place)

Goals (from the resource):

1. Highlight and connect the major themes of this book to daily life.
2. Involve families in a fun recycling project.
3. Encourage families to think about ways to incorporate recycling and mitzvah of “bal tashchit
into their daily family life.

Be Inspired:The ideas included are offered as starting points as you and your students explore, discover and live the lessons. Be sure to elicit and encourage student and parent participation, consistently reinforcing the value being addressed. Allow lessons to authentically develop and change based on engagement and interests.

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