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Lin, Grace.
New York : Viking, 2007
IL K-3, RL 2.5
ISBN 0670060720
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What does it feel like being the new kid at school? Lissy knows. "Nobody talked to her. Nobody smiled at her." It was not a happy time, but instead of feeling sorry for herself, Lissy did something that came naturally for her, something she learned from a very young age. She used the menu from her lunch and started forming it into a crane. Menu, her origami bird, becomes her friend. Thus begins a great journey into Lissy's story about her new friends, paper and real.
Who couldn't relate to the feeling of isolation and sadness when placed into a new environment? Lissy pulled from her background and made her own companions. Many children in all different cultures can relate to making up pretend friends to compensate for the lack of real companions. In so doing, Lissy makes real friends because of her unique talents. What a wonderful story about how a child's own talents and individuality were sought out and new friends were made.  (Penny Cook, teacher,
SUBJECTS:     Origami -- Fiction.
                        Bashfulness -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.

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