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Falwell, Cathryn.
New York : Lee & Low Books, 2003.
IL K-3, RL 4.4
ISBN 1584301007

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Have you ever tried to do something but failed?  Did you give up?  Or did you try again?  For her birthday, Kiri was given a book on origami -- the art of folding paper into beautiful shapes.  She is determined to make a butterfly out of the beautiful tissue paper.  She ruins the first sheet she tries to use.  She is afraid of ruining all the paper so she puts the package away.  What do you think will happen?  Do you think you can follow the directions in the book to make the butterfly?

Booktalk #2

Kiri receives a special gift from Auntie Lu for her birthday. Inside she discovers a package of colored paper squares and a book called Origami: The Art of Paper Folding. After much practice, Kiri makes a perfect yellow butterfly which she happily uses to fix a ruined watercolor picture. Directions are included so that you can make an origami butterfly just like Kiriís.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2004-2005)

SUBJECTS:     Origami -- Fiction.
                        Painting -- Fiction.
                        Japanese Americans -- Fiction.


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