More-igami by Dori Kleber

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In More-igami by Dori Kleber and illustrated by Brian Karas (Candlewick, 2016), Joey learns about the Japanese art of origami and decides he’ll mater it! To his discouragement, he finds origami to be difficult. He’s always liked to fold things, though, so he decides to practice until he is successful. When his family is tired of him folding all the paper in the house, he visits the Mexican restaurant next door to practice folding the napkins in a decorative way.

The bright background on many pages looks like a folded piece of paper. The painting and marker illustrations are great and nicely fit the text of the book.

More-igami can be read as just a fun book about origami (with included instructions for creating your own ladybug of your own). But More-igami also emphasizes the positive quality of persistence. It would be a great book for discussing growth mindset (especially subtly) to emphasize that with practice we will improve at hard things. It contains a strong message to not give up!

Reviewed on September 18, 2023

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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