The noted author/illustrator of many wonderful picture books, Patricia Polacco, was motivated by her personal memories. Though I was not born in an Eastern European village, my grandparents were...and they instilled in me the culture of those shtetls. Many traditional stories had a special kind of humor which I hope comes through in this story.
That is what motivated me to write Yosef's Blanket! In addition, I was influenced by the wonderful, Caldecott medal picture book story by Simms Taback called "Joseph Had A Little Overcoat."
In this story, Yosef jumps to an irrational conclusion and no amount of reasoning would change his mind.
A few of the words are in Yiddish. Click on the words for the definitions.