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Not-Quite-So-Easy Origami
This title covers these subjects: Paper crafts., Handicraft., Origami.
Not-Quite-So-Easy Origami
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Not-Quite-So-Easy Origami

Butterflies, speedboats, and penguins, who would have thought so much could be made out of paper? These step-by-step guides offer origami projects with a range of difficulty levels. Clear illustrations of folds and photos of the finished product are included in each fun project.

Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-9
Lexile LevelIG570L
Early Intervention Level26
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandSnap Books
Page Dimensions10" x 8"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $30.65 School/Library Price



Teaching Children Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Judith Casey, Milton Avenue School, Chatham, New Jersey.

"These four books will take children ages 8 and older through steps to complete origami designs. Each volume begins with an introduction, a materials page, and a how-to page that contains photos and written instructions for practicing the variety of folds used throughout the book. The books explore a range of objects to make, from a simple paper cup in the Easy volume to a crested bird in the Difficult book. Every project has color photos of the steps with caption instructions below and a picture of the finished product. Many of my third-grade students had success with Easy Origami and Not-so-Easy Origami. Paper cups, bookmarks, and a few airplane models were evident all over our classroom. Students followed the directions without teacher assistance and instructed one another. I am sure they could advance to the more difficult editions with more practice and a little patience. Those with origami experience would probably enjoy starting with the advanced-level texts. These books would be wonderful for an enrichment or extension activity after studying geometry. The origami books would also work well in an after-school program or camp." - Teaching Children Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

April 1, 2012

Learning Magazine

"Transform plain paper with just a few folds! This book offers step-by-step guidance for projects ranging from hopping frogs to flapping cranes. The book includes illustrations and photos of the finished products." - Learning Magazine

September 1, 2009

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Barbara Wheatley

"The classic art of origami is continued in this second book in the “Origami” series. Children and adults alike will spend hours of fun learning and mastering this ancient Japanese craft. Meinking includes a description of materials that can be used for the origami projects, a page with detailed photographs that illustrate the basic folds needed, and a page diagramming the folding symbols along with a simple description of how to make the necessary square piece of paper. The moderately easy projects begin with a trapdoor envelope that releases the contents when a tab is pulled and a bookmark that slides over the corner of a page to mark your space, both of which are fun and useful crafts. Another practical craft is the coaster; it takes two pieces of paper and just a little practice. Readers will enjoy the old favorites, the gliding airplane and pinwheel. The somersault square model mimics a row of dominoes when several are created and lined up in a row. Models of the pine tree, cicada, and flapping crane increase in difficulty, but are beautiful decorations. Younger readers will need help from older children or adults, but anyone with a little knowledge of origami and a little practice can accomplish these models. Fun facts about origami, a table of contents, a glossary, an index, and a list of resources including Internet sites and books add to the value of this book." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2009

Mary Meinking

Mary Meinking

Mary Meinking grew up in Iowa and went on to graduate from the University of Kansas, where she met her husband-to-be, Scott. They married and had two children, Brittany and Benjamin. She works as a graphic designer during the day but writes for children at night. Her non-fiction articles were published in a dozen different children’s magazines. Mary’s written over two dozen nonfiction books about arts and crafts, extreme jobs, animals, pop stars and history. When not working, writing or hanging out with her family, Mary enjoys doing arts and crafts, baking, gardening and traveling. To learn more about Mary visit her web site:

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