Not-Quite-So-Easy Origami


Butterflies, speedboats, and penguins, who would have thought so much could be made out of paper? These step-by-step guides offer origami projects with a range of difficulty levels. Clear illustrations of folds and photos of the finished product are included in each fun project.

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Butterflies, speedboats, and penguins, who would have thought so much could be made out of paper? These step-by-step guides offer origami projects with a range of difficulty levels. Clear illustrations of folds and photos of the finished product are included in each fun project.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Wheatley
The classic art of origami is continued in this second book in the "Origami" series. Children and adults alike will spend hours of fun learning and mastering this ancient Japanese craft. Meinking includes a description of materials that can be used for the origami projects, a page with detailed photographs that illustrate the basic folds needed, and a page diagramming the folding symbols along with a simple description of how to make the necessary square piece of paper. The moderately easy projects begin with a trapdoor envelope that releases the contents when a tab is pulled and a bookmark that slides over the corner of a page to mark your space, both of which are fun and useful crafts. Another practical craft is the coaster; it takes two pieces of paper and just a little practice. Readers will enjoy the old favorites, the gliding airplane and pinwheel. The somersault square model mimics a row of dominoes when several are created and lined up in a row. Models of the pine tree, cicada, and flapping crane increase in difficulty, but are beautiful decorations. Younger readers will need help from older children or adults, but anyone with a little knowledge of origami and a little practice can accomplish these models. Fun facts about origami, a table of contents, a glossary, an index, and a list of resources including Internet sites and books add to the value of this book. Reviewer: Barbara Wheatley
School Library Journal

Gr 2-6

Children will be delighted by these colorful books. While each book perforce must contain some of the same information in terms of the basic folds, materials, etc., an effort is made to vary what is included in the "fun facts, glossary, and "read more" sections with little duplication. Easy includes such projects as the simple seven-step paper cup, while Difficult has a 35-step frog. Some of the projects are purely decorative, while others have practical application, such as bookmarks, envelopes, and boxes. All of them have clearly illustrated diagrams and attractive photos of the completed projects using different colors and textures of paper. In order to experience success, readers should use the books in order.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429620215
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Health Matters Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 987,628
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: IG570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Meinking grew up in Iowa and went on to graduate from the University of Kansas, where she met her husband-to-be, Scott. They married and had two children, Brittany and Benjamin. She works as a graphic designer during the day but writes for children at night. Her non-fiction articles were published in a dozen different children’s magazines. Mary’s written over two dozen nonfiction books about arts and crafts, extreme jobs, animals, pop stars and history. When not working, writing or hanging out with her family, Mary enjoys doing arts and crafts, baking, gardening and traveling. To learn more about Mary visit her web site:
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Table of Contents

Introduction and Materials     4
How to Use this Book     6
Trapdoor Envelope     8
Bookmark     10
Gliding Airplane     12
Somersault Square     14
Coaster     16
Pine Tree     18
Cicada     20
Hopping Frog     22
Pinwheel     24
Flapping Crane     26
Fun Facts     28
What's Next     29
Glossary     30
Read More     31
Internet Sites     31
About the Author     32
Index     32
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