Compare and contrast Jim Aylesworth's version of the tale to other versions of the tale:
- Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman (Scholastic, 1993)
In this story
Joseph is a boy. The illustrations present a second story as all the scraps fall through the floorboards where a mischief (group) of mice furnish their home, make clothes, and reuse every scrap of material.
- Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback (Penguin Viking, 1999)
A die-cut book that won the Caldecott Award in 2000. Learn more about this book at Anita Silvey's Book-a-Day Almanac.
The theme of this book (and the two listed above) is conservation of goods, recycling and reuse.
- Discuss how reusing and repurposing an item helps the environment
Consider what one might do with worn-out or out-grown clothing.
Is it really possible to "make something out of nothing?"
- How do these sayings fit the theme of the book?
"One man's trash is another man's treasure"
"Out with the old, in with the new"
"A stitch in time serves nine"
"A penny saved is a penny earned"
"Out of sight; out of mind"
Many people want to re-use items to conserve and protect our earth. Make a class list of ways the young learner can re-use/recycle items that they have (this should not be a list of things other people can do but a list that the young learner can do on their own.)