The blanket Joseph’s grandfather made him is transformed into many things as the years go by: a jacket, a vest, a tie, a handkerchief–and finally a button. Gilman’s modern adaptation and lively illustrations turn this favorite Jewish tale into a contemporary classic.
This is a retelling Jewish folktale which presents a little boy who has a favorite blanket and his mother tells him that it is getting old and rugged and that it was time to get rid of it. Joseph tells his mother that his grandfather could fix it. Yes, this book is a treasure. It is a beautiful and timeless tale. Joseph’s grandfather is filled with love and wisdom. The flows of the words are poetically magical. The illustrations are beautiful. This book is a delight to read with a child.