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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Origami for Everyone, by Didier Boursin. Firefly Books, 2011. $19.95 ages 8 and up

"Creating a very simple fold is actually quite complicated because I try to use a minimum of material for maximum expression. Every fold is a humorous wink at life. For each model, I invite you to appreciate the subtleties of its construction, its beauty and its gracefulness." 

Well, here I am in British Columbia for a long and lovely visit with my daughter and son-in-law. It is spring vacation here and there are kids everywhere I go. I remember wanting to find books and activities that would keep the kids busy while we were at home. It's always interesting to search for things to keep vacationing children busy and learning something new; spring break seems the perfect time. 

I could never make a really successful paper airplane, but I am willing to give it a good old college try!  I am truthfully more intrigued by the craftsmanship of accomplished origami artists. In this new compilation of some of the projects designed by Didier Boursin and described in three earlier books, kids and their parents will learn about the ancient art which dates back to the 17th century. 

And there isn't just one airplane in his repertoire...there are more than twelve of them and one is a helicopter! He groups the projects in three categories...beginner. intermediate and advanced. Other suggested designs include animals and birds, toys and decorations. Paper folding is quite the amazing skill to learn, and it's much easier to accomplish if you follow these step-by-step directions given. A clear photograph accompanies each described project and gives attention to every detail.

The author's suggestion to start with an easier one is his best advice. I had trouble making one that looked like his. Kids will find fun in trying, and great satisfaction in their own accomplishments. Practice makes perfect, right?? If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well. As you become more adept at paper folding, your skills improve and provide encouragement to try another...and then another! 

Add a package of beautiful square papers to the book, and you have another great birthday (or spring break) present.    

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