Saturday, April 9, 2011

Something from Nothing

This week in PreK Art Lunch, we read one of my favorite books, "Joseph Had a Little Overcoat," about a man who had an overcoat that got old and worn. So he turned it into a jacket. When the jacket got old and worn he turned it into a vest. When the vest got old and worn he turned it into a scarf and so on and so on. The book is neat because there are cutouts throughout, showing the cloth getting smaller and smaller, until all that's left is a little button. At the very end, Joseph loses the button, so he is left with nothing. So what does he do? He writes a book about it and shows how you can make something out of nothing.

The other book we read was based on The Emperor's New Clothes, which in its own way, is about making something out of nothing—or is it about making nothing out of something? Either way, we made little people, complete with clothes made of actual cloth and buttons for accents.

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