Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Dori Kleber
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Origami is a Japanese paper art that people of all ages enjoy. It is quite difficult to master, though, and this is how little Joey feels when he is introduced to the craft at school. His friend’s mother comes into class to show the students how to create a paper crane. Joey is so interested that he decides to take up the art as a hobby. Immediately, Joey realizes that this was not easy. He practices on every piece of paper in the house and even takes his enthusiasm into the community. Joey passes his talent and patience along to others, showing his friend how to make the origami craft too.
More-igami has a strong message of perseverance. Joey continued practicing origami repeatedly, after multiple failed attempts. He wanted to accomplish his goal which took practice and patience, yet never gave up. This is a fabulous message for children to read and learn that when one’s mind focuses on a goal, it is incredibly rewarding. Additionally, the characters are diverse by incorporating people from multiple cultures including white, black, Asian, and Hispanic and of a variety of ages. Finally, the last page of this book shows instructions on how to make an origami ladybug, which will entice students to take the craft up on their own. More-igami is a great book to read to students who are interested in the Japanese art or those who need a lesson on perseverance and patience.