“Something From Nothing” Magic Book


Something From Nothing is a wonderful story about a grandfather who makes his grandson, Josef, a blanket.  As Josef grows and the blanket wears out, the grandfather recycles it, turning it into a jacket, a vest, a tie and, finally, a cloth-covered button. But when Joseph loses the button, even his grandfather cannot make something from nothing.

Magic Book Project
Follow these directions to make a magic book. Have students create a blanket, jacket, vest, tie, handkerchief and button from the same color of construction paper to glue into the sections of the book. Students can draw and tell the ending of the story inside the magic panel. Have student decorate the cover and the inside flaps.

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3 thoughts on ““Something From Nothing” Magic Book

  1. Cindy Cobleigh says:

    We have missed you Mary! Glad you are well and back!. While I have not read Something from Nothing, the story reminds me of Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback. The idea might also work with Patrica Polacco’s The Keeping Quilt. Nice idea for summarizing a progressive story. Thanks!

  2. gperrymann says:

    Well hallelujah! I was just thinking over the weekend that I hadn’t seen your blog lately! Glad all is well.

    gail ________________________________

  3. Bridget Price says:

    I am also glad to hear your good news. I enjoyed your class at the GTC North in San Jose. I told my second graders that I saw you and learned how to do some other new books they were very impressed. They had seen your video on how to make a box book. So, they thought I met a famous movie star!! I have always enjoyed seeing you at conferences.

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