Synopses & Reviews
Join a young boy as he creates a world filled with origami creatures of all shapes and sizes out of an array of brightly colored paper. From roosters waking up and buffalo pawing the tablecloth to cheetahs racing lions and moths that yearn for butterfly colors, here is a glimpse into the vibrant imagination of a child.
Award-winning author Kristine O'Connell George's thirty-two spirited poems combine seamlessly with celebrated artist Lauren Stringer's luminous illustrations to create a poetry collection that is truly like no other.
Features an illustrator's note and an extensive listing of origami-related books and websites.
"This unusual poetry volume is a dazzling celebration of imagination. George's (Hummingbird Nest) haiku-like poems and Stringer's (Mud) colorful origami animals combine to tell the story of a child who needs only squares of paper to create a world of play. The unnamed child's contemplative face and short hair allows both boys and girls to identify with the main character, as he or she sprinkles snowflakes made from paper punch holes over origami penguins, creates a barrier between rabbits and foxes with wooden blocks, forms a shadow figure hippo with a flashlight and fashions a bookmark from a giraffe. Stringer's illustrations help connect the poems visually, and the pages burst with colors and patterns. On one spread, the poem 'Peacocks' features a close-up of the child's hands folding the birds' tails while, across the gutter, the finished peacocks strut in a garden of origami tulips to illustrate a poem called 'Spring.' Each turn of the page brings a clever new perspective or insight even humor. A 'Disappointed Moth,' pictured with brown polka-dotted wings, asks, 'Why didn't you/ save any butterfly colors/ for me?' The book includes a list of how-to origami books, but unfortunately lacks a set of instructions for making the animals. Nonetheless, this poetry collection creatively models low-cost child's play that requires only a little know-how and a bit of ingenuity. Ages 5-10." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A dazzling celebration of imagination...Each turn of the page brings a clever new perspective or insight-even humor."
A young boy creates a world filled with origami creatures of all shapes and sizes in this collection of 32 spirited poems that are combined with luminous illustrations. Includes an Illustrator's Note and a listing of origami-related Web sites and books.
It's a poetry and origami day!
About the Author
KRISTINE O'CONNELL GEORGE
is an acclaimed poet whose many books include The Great Frog Race and Other Poems,
illustrated by Kate Kiesler, winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, and Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems,
illustrated by Barry Moser. She lives in Agoura, California.
LAUREN STRINGER is a celebrated painter who has illustrated such favorites as Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story by Lisa Westberg Peters; Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs by Linda Ashman; and Mud by Mary Lyn Ray. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.