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Animal Origami for the Enthusiast: Step-by-Step Instructions in Over 900 Diagrams/25 Original Models (Dover Origami Papercraft) Paperback – 28 Mar 2003
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Internationally renowned author John Montroll has significantly increased the origami repertoire with his original designs. Best known as the inspiration behind the single-square, no-cuts, no-glue approach, the American origami master offers readers meticulously developed folding sequences that allow them to create better models with fewer steps.
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The models, however, have very nice final results and I didn't regret having bought this book at all.
The plans diagrams are fairly easy to follow by anyone who can read, although not recommended by the very young.
good fun to try.
Instructions are terse and, for the majority of diagrams, non-existent. Non-obvious steps are not explained.
Even with a good understanding of origami diagrams, the elephant is inscrutable from step 17. Very frustrating.
For such wonderfully clever designs, this is not good enough.
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A little bit of history- my parents bought me this book about 15 years ago, I couldn't have been more than 8 at the time. I had dabbled a little bit in origami before then, but this is the book that got me hooked. I still have that copy, ragged at the edges, pages falling out, but still as fulfulling as it always was. I just can't stop singing the praises of this book- it's that good.
I love that all the designs are pictured on the covers so you can, at a glance, see what the finished products should look like and pick out what you want to do. When I was a beginner I could do several of the designs, but some of them were confusing and I couldn't figure out what was going on. Now that i've been doing origami for many years many of the designs that I had trouble with in the past are easy (or at least understandable - most are difficult to do with computer paper which is my typical medium because I'm cheap).
All of the designs have a certain artistic elegance which helps them to look amazing. The elephant is one of my favorite designs, although I typically do baby elephants which is a modified version with no tusks.
Cons: Although there are a few designs that a beginner could do as stretch goals (swan maybe), it's more for intermediate folders. The book presupposes that you are working through it, so if a specific type of fold or base is done earlier in the book it won't be described later. So don't start at the end. However, if you start at the beginning and work your way through it you will learn a lot. Also, I suspect that those who use pictures over text will find the book easier to use (I'm a diagrams gal). The text will say something like "sink fold" while the diagrams will show exactly where to sink fold and are clear enough to generally be able to figure out what's going on.