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The Blue Coat – A Jewish folktale – Inspired by a retelling by Hugh Lupton

Written on December 1, 2010
Long ago in a cold country in Europe- a country where you need a very warm coat in the chilly months, a family had a little baby boy.
The grandfather of the baby was a tailor- someone who makes clothes for a living. He bought some beautiful warm blue cloth and he stitched a big cosy baby’s blanket for his grandson. With every stitch, the grandfather put his love into the blanket. When that baby boy was wrapped in that blanket he felt like he was being hugged, even when he was lying alone in his cot.
As the little boy grew, he learned to crawl and then toddle and then walk and wherever he went he would drag that beautiful blue blanket with him.
One day, his mother shook her head and waggled her finger and she said
“Dear, dear, dear, that baby’s blanket is nearly worn out!
We’d better get it fixed.”
So they took it back to granddad. He lay it on the table, got out his best scissors, cut out the best parts and fitted them together, piecing one part to another part, until he had made him a beautiful blue coat!
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Oh that boy, he loved that blue coat!
He wore it in the sunshine, he wore it in the rain.
He wore it in the wind and he wore it in the snow.
He ran and jumped and skipped and twirled in it.
He splashed through the puddles and he rolled in the mud.
Until one day… his mother she shook her head and she waggled her finger and she said,
‘Dear, dear, dear. That blue coat is nearly worn out, we’d better get it fixed.”
So they took it back to granddad.
He lay it on the table, got out his best scissors, cut out the best parts and fitted them together, piecing one part to another part, until he had made him a beautiful waistcoat!
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[Repeat the above with hat; bow-tie; button!]
Until he had made him a beautiful story- a story of The Blue Coat and that boy told it to his friends and family…who told it to their friends and family, who told it to me. Now I’ve just told that story to you, so now you can tell it to your friends and family-
… The story of ‘The Blue Coat’!
Baby photo above by Reny via My Opera photo-sharing blog
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