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  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152025014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152025014
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,311,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Join a young boy as he creates a world filled with origami creatures of all shapes and sizes out of an array of brightly colored paper. From roosters waking up and buffalo pawing the tablecloth to cheetahs racing lions and moths that yearn for butter

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring and Entertaining 18 April 2005
By Education Oasis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fold Me a Poem is a wonderful example of a book being more than the sum of its parts. Inside the covers of this stunning creation, the poems and illustrations meld to create a picture book that is both inspiring and entertaining.

Each of George's short poems is exquisitely illustrated with an acrylic painting depicting a young boy among his origami creations. In "Spring," for example, we read:

At last

my tulips



paper crowns.

And thus we see-surrounding the large, black print-patterned and boldly colorful origami tulips.

While a few of the poems are about possibilities, the majority concern themselves with animals. A double-page spread shows a large yellow table festooned with rabbits at one end and foxes at the other. In between the boy has placed blocks (for the rabbits' protection). On another page, the pink ostrich receives no such protection and is attacked by the boy's cat. "Glue? Staple? Tape? Band-Aid?" The boy tries to decide how best to make repairs.

Midway through the book we find the large, green dragon on a rampage-having knocked down the other animals-and must be reigned in. Later on, we see a herd of colorful cows hungrily "eyeing the green paper. Oh. Grass!"

As the young boy prepares for bed, he hangs his own origami star against the darkening sky. Soon he hears "rustling/ soft/ papery/ whisper-thumps ./ Is someone dancing?" It appears so: the penguin and the ostrich (now sporting band-aids) move toward one another.

The book includes a list of suggested books on making origami.

Classroom Uses: We took this book into two classrooms. The first was a second-grade special-education classroom. When we finished reading the book, the students, of course, wanted to make their own origami creations. We had prepared paper so the students could create origami dogs. You will find the instructions in a wonderful downloadable teacher's guide here on the illustrator's website. The students then wrote haiku poems about their animals.

On another occassion we brought the book into a seventh-grade language arts classroom. The students were in the middle of a script writing unit. Again, taking a lesson from the teacher's guide, we had the students write a script using the origami animals they had created as characters.

Highly recommeded. Suitable for district-wide purchase.

Our only suggestions is that you have plenty of origami paper and a set of instructions ready when you read this.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Delight 21 Oct. 2006
By K. Lennon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This books is a delight for anyone who has experimented with Origami and knows its frustractions and rewards. Basic orgigami subjects are captured through the combination engaging poems and illustrations (each enhancing the enjoyment of the other). This book made our family smile over and over again! My favorite captures a moment of oragami uncertainty...


What went wrong?

Lean against

this sand dune

while I double-check

the directions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
FOLD ME A POEM 18 April 2007
By hilary katersky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The words are beautiful and inspiring and the illustrations catch the attention of young children. There was a sense of awe and anticipation when I read this book to a group. I was impressed with the free teacher's guide on the author's and illustrator's websites. I was grateful for the folding diagrams and origami resources on the sites as well. This book appeals to adults as well as children. My children and their friends have had hours of rainy-day pleasures all due to FOLD ME A POEM. This book is a "must have" for any child's library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Books About Origami 6 July 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love origami and I love children's books. This story combines both and inspires one to start folding the animals. I recommend this book for children about three years old ( although folding is beyond the capabilities of this age group).
Sweet little book. 16 Jan. 2010
By ElphabaThropp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very sweet little book! If you're doing Origami for a group class this is a nice addition to read to younger children. The pictures are soft and blended. My 7 year old liked it, I'll use it in our group class, for 5 - 10 year olds, but I don't see this as a favorite in our house. One reviewer wrote they thought there would be instructions. I did not get this impression at all. It's exactly what the review says it is, a book of poems. The poems are very short and easy to follow, so they held our attention well. This just isn't going to be a read over and over type book, that's all I'm saying. There are books like Shel Silverstein that are falling apart on our bookshelf from use! This is cute and we'll leave it at that.
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