________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 19 . . . . May 26, 2006


Easy Origami.

Didier Boursin.
Richmond Hill, ON: Firefly Books, 2005.
64 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.95 (pbk.), $19.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-52297-939-3 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55297-928-8 (cl.).

Subject Heading:

Grades 3 and up / Ages 8 and up.

Review by Lorraine Douglas.

**** /4


First of all, make yourself comfortable at a table, alone or with some friends. Start folding calmly, without getting discouraged if the fold seems difficult at first. With a little thought and focus you will have the satisfaction of making a model with your own hands. Eventually, you'll be able to fold effortlessly - practically with your eyes shut.


This excellent introduction to origami was originally published in France in 2002. After a encouraging introduction, the author provides tips and a very clear guide to the basic folds. He carefully explains how to make folds, like the valley and mountain, by using duplex coloured paper so that one coloured side shows up very clearly from the different colour on other side in the photograph. The instructions for each of the preliminary kinds of folds are also shown in a diagram accompanying the photograph.

     There is a section on shapes and sizes of papers for origami and how you can use bond paper which is cut into various sizes. This suggestion is very practical for beginners who want to use economical paper before purchasing any special origami papers. The author uses the international "A4" measurement system, and he also includes the metric and imperial measures for the paper. Using his guide to shapes and sizes, teachers could very easily use this section to show students how to cut paper into various forms like the trapezium, triangle and parallelogram. This activity would be a fun way to present the concept of geometric forms.

     There are three sections in the book arranged according to level of difficulty, and the index is graded in difficulty. The first section is Very Easy and includes projects like the rabbit, fish, airplane and hamster. The next section, Easy, shows how to make items like a face, a box, stars and decorations. The third section has More Challenging projects like the star cluster and the pyramid. There are 24 projects in all, and they are very attractive and would appeal both to boys and girls. Many adults would like the stars and the Christmas trees which would be great for seasonal decorations.

     The book has excellent production values with sharp clear photographs of the projects and good step by step diagrams. It will be a very popular item in school and public libraries.

Highly Recommended.

Lorraine Douglas worked in children's services for the Winnipeg Public Library and now lives in Sidney, BC.

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