Wednesday, May 31, 2017

More-igami by Dori Kleber and G. Brian Karas

More-igami by Dori Kleber, illustrated by G. Brian Karas (2016)
Joey loves loves loves things that fold—tacos, maps, the accordion, and his foldaway bed. One day his classmate’s mother demonstrates origami to his class at school, and Joey is enraptured. He begins folding everything he can get his hands on, from his homework to his mother’s recipe cards until, “This folding has to stop.” Demands his mother. Dejected, Joey wonders how he’ll be able to become a master folder if he can’t practice. Adorably, at the Mexican restaurant next door he finds both encouragement and the answer to his problem—folding napkins to decorate the tables.

Themes/topics: persistence, origami, art, practice, problem solving, restaurants

Sample text from three spreads:
One day, Sarah Takimoto’s mother came to school. She took a plain piece of paper. She folded it, and flipped it, and pulled it, until it became…

A crane.

Joey’s eyes popped. His jaw dropped. Mrs. Takimoto called it origami. “I want to make origami,” Joey told her. “Will you teach me?”
“I can show you the folds,” she said, “but if you want to be an origami master you’ll need practice and patience.”

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