Something from Nothing

Category: Book
By (author): Gilman, Phoebe
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: Canadian Materials Best of the Year List (1994) Commended
Ruth Schwartz Award (1993) Winner
Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice (1992) Commended
American Bookseller (1994) Commended
Antigo Sugar Maple Award (1995) Commended
Utah Children's Picture Book Award (1995) Short-listed
Mr Christie's Book Award (1992) Short-listed
American Bookseller Magazine's "Pick of the List" (1993) Commended
Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre (2008) Commended
Canadian Library Association, Notable (1992) Commended
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd
Published: September 2012
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 32
Size: 11.26in x 7.77in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

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.

Biographical NotePHOEBE 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 wonderful testaments the enduring quality of Phoebe's talent.