Fold Me A Poem
written by Kristine O’Connell George
published by Harcourt, 2005
Join a young boy as he creates a world filled with origami creatures of all shapes and sixes out of an array of bright-colored paper. From rooster waking up and buffalo pawing the tablecloth to cheetah racing lion and moth, that yearns for butterfly colors, here is a glimpse into the vibrant imagination of a child. Features on Illustrator’s note and an extensive listing of origami-related books and websites.
A Personal Note
Kristine O’Connell George’s poems on origami immediately took me back to my childhood where everything I touched came to life in my imagination.
I remember sitting at my grandma’s breakfast table and making the spoon from the sugar bowl have conversations with the salt shaker and my toast became a raft to “sugar island.” When I read Kristine's poem, "Camel", I knew immediately the sand dune had to be a salt shaker.
When I began working on this book, I had never made origami before so it took me several months of practice to be able to fold the animals for the poems, but it did not take me long to paint them into life. My studio came alive with paper animals and paint; the perfect way to make it through a Minnesota winter.
On the wall behind my drawing table hung origami papers, sketches, photos of my son folding origami, and photos of my own hands folding origami. Every time I practiced folding I fell in love with the shapes my hands made while folding. Sometimes they even looked like the animals I was trying to fold!
Fold Me A Poem
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