From the Publisher
"Lachenmeyer's spare text and Sogabe's colorful cut paper and watercolor illustrations are the perfect vehicles for this short moralistic tale."
School Library Journal
"A serene lesson about the futility of cages."
"The quite and understated story line is accompanied by evocative cut-paper and watercolor illustrations."
Horn Book Guide
Junior Library Guild Monthly
Such restraint adds to the impression that The Origami Master could be mistaken for a long-forgotten gem of ancient folklore. Like those classic tales, it boasts a small cast of archetypal charactersin this case, and artist whose pride too quickly turns to jealousy and a bird whose innocent nature requires freedom. And like many of the most beloved folktales, The Origami Master brings home its moral lesson with a succession of clever plot twists.
Children will particularly love The Origami Master for its bright depictions of folded-paper animalsincluding spiders, elephants, and dragons. Anticipating young readers' interest in the art form, the book also provides easy-to-follow instructions for making their own origami.
School Library Journal
Shima is an origami master who lives in the mountains of Japan with only his folded-paper creations for company. A warbler is building its nest in a tree in his yard and watches him at his work. For three nights, while the master is asleep, the little bird flies to his desk and folds a figure in the manner he has observed-each figure amazing the man with its simplicity and beauty. When a hiding Shima discovers the warbler at his desk, he decides to capture it in order to watch its skills firsthand, but the bird has another kind of lesson to teach him. Lachenmeyer's spare text and Sogabe's colorful cut paper and watercolor illustrations are the perfect vehicles for this short moralistic tale. Man, bird, house, and origami creations-the main elements of the story-are outlined in black. Square and rectangular patterns are repeated in the simple Japanese house and in its slatted outdoor walkway; in its screens, windows, and furniture; and in the bird's cage and the table on which it sits. While most pages hold full- or double-page illustrations, three images that show Shima catching and caging the bird and the final picture indicating his offering of friendship are enclosed in red-bordered boxes. A solid choice for discussing the importance of respecting each living creature's own space.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH