Folding paper for origami is something my mother taught me when I was about the same young age as Joey, the main character in today’s picture book, More-igami. I first learned how to fold simple creatures like bugs and puppies. Later, after learning the more challenging folds, I progressed up the ladder and folded my first crane. Granted, it looked like the poor bird barely escaped a major catastrophe with it slightly torn wing. (Translation: severed.) And with its crooked beak and many extra folds, what I really made was the origami equivalent of the creature from the black lagoon.
Crumple. Crumple. Crumple.
Eventually, after folding another five (make that fifteen) cranes, I succeeded.
Now, years later, my daughter is at the age where origami interests her. We have spent the last number of evenings pulling up instructions for various projects on youtube and following along with a fair amount of success. The perk is that with youtube, we can pause or back up any time we need extra clarification. The origami books I used when I was a child diagramed the steps with pictures, but those pictures often brought confusion followed by…
Crumple. Crumple. Crumple. Now, on to today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday review.
Title – More-igami
Written by – Dori Kleber
illustrated by – G. Brian Karas
Published by – Candlewick Press – 2016
Suitable for ages – 3-7
Topics – origami and determination
Opening – Joey loved things that folded. He collected old road maps. He played the accordion. He slept in a foldaway bed.
Amazon Review – View it HERE. A creative young boy with a passion for practicing origami finds a surprising source of encouragement on his diverse city block.
Joey loves things that fold: maps, beds, accordions, you name it. When a visiting mother of a classmate turns a plain piece of paper into a beautiful origami crane, his eyes pop. Maybe he can learn origami, too. It’s going to take practice — on his homework, the newspaper, the thirty-eight dollars in his mother’s purse . . . Enough! No more folding! But how can Joey become an origami master if he’s not allowed to practice? Is there anywhere that he can hone the skill that makes him happy — and maybe even make a new friend while he’s at it?
Why do I like this book? Joey’s passion for things that fold shows up in surprising places, and for the most part, Joey (and the reader) sees this as a curious interest. But then… when the mother of a classmate demonstrates the art of origami at school, the light burns brightly for Joey. He now sees a direction and endless possibilities for his folding passion. And even though his first attempts are less than successful, this determined boy lets nothing stop him from mastering his newfound art. Seriously. What’s not to love?
Want to learn a little more about Dori Kleber? Click HERE.
Want to learn a little more about G. Brian Karas? Click HERE.
Easy origami projects to make with kids HERE.
Shop for origami paper and how-to books on Amazon HERE.