Fold Me A Poem
Kristine O'Connell George & Lauren Stringer
Harcourt, 2005 (2005)
Read an Excerpt
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
oet Kristine O'Connell got the idea for
Fold Me A Poem
while observing a youngster create origami animals out of colorful paper. O'Connell saw
between origami and poetry - '
how a few spare words, carefully chosen ... a few small folds, artfully made, can bring a sheet of paper to life.
n thirty-two poems, O'Connell portrays a boy cutting and folding paper to create origami animal friends. The oversized-book lapel says '
The sun is up. / It's a crisp new day - / a day for folding ... and creating ... and imagining. / An origami day!
' Illustrator Lauren Stringer's vivid colors capture the joyous expressions on the boy's face(and his black cat too) as he folds his animal world including a buffalo, camel, rabbit, monkey, kangaroo, and dragon.
he poet's titles and words define scenes, such as the '
' to '
Fold a set of wings / for yourself / I'll show you / sky.
' The '
Cheetah and Lion
' tell the boy '
Thank you / for our swift running legs! / When we return / we will let you know / who won the race.
' As the boy looks at different designs of paper, he ponders '
' for '
Forty bright sheets / of colored paper, / a world of animals. / Who will be next?
e also creates a '
' for a frog, tulips in '
', and an elephant from a '
' paper bag. Finally, it is bedtime, time to close the day and sleep, while a '
' develops: '
Before I sleep, / I hear rustling - / soft / papery / whisper-thumps. / Is someone dancing?
A Note from the Illustrator
, Stringer tells how she went to the library and began her own origami adventure, and a list of books is provided for readers interested in discovering the art form.
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