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.
The Origami Masterby Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, Aki Sogabe
Shima the Origami Master lives on a mountain in Japan. He isn’t lonely, for his beautiful origami animals keep him company. One morning Shima finds a marvelous new paper elephant on his desk. Where could it have come from? The next morning, a splendid dragon is in its place. It looks real enough to fly away. That night, Shima stays awake to find out who could make such wonderful creatures. But when he discovers who the mysterious artist is, he learns a surprising lesson about friendship. Included are instructions on how to make the origami flapping bird design. Aki Sogabe’s paper-cut art in the Japanese tradition richly complements Nathaniel Lachenmeyer’s lovely story.
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
"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."
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- Whitman, Albert & Company
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- Age Range:
- 7 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
Nathaniel Lachenmeyer is an award-winning author of books for adults and children. His other children’s books include Broken Beaks, The Decoy, and Searching for Sasquatch. Nathaniel lives outside Atlanta with his wife and children. Aki Sogabe was born in Japan. While she was in middle school, she made her first paper-cutting picture. Since then she has loved to practice the ancient art of Japanese paper-cutting and has used it to illustrate several award-winning books. Aki’s public art is installed in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and other area landmarks. She now lives in Washington, with her husband and beloved Akita dog, Princess Bear.
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Nathaniel Lachenmeyer has written a beautiful story about the true meaning of friendship. Aki Sogabe's illustrations are strikingly beautiful and truly enhance the simple yet poignant text which is essential for children's picture books. I think this book will appeal to children of all ages and will also resonate with adults. Another plus is that the book contains directions for creating the origami bird featured in the story!