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review 2018-03-19 12:52
Amazing Origami Boxes - Tomoko Fuse

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I just adore it when new Origami books hit Netgalley. My boyfriend and I are big lovers of origami (my boyfriend especially is pretty dang awesome with it). So yesterday I decided to open the book, get the origami papers and grab my boyfriend and get to folding.

We tried out various different models, from cute to practical. We wanted to do more, but it was already quite late so we will have to get back to the book and try a few others later. 

The book's instructions are quite clear for most of the time, though some of them had us scratching our heads and checking how the final product looks. Some reactions while folding: "Whut?" "Um, wait, how?" "WTH?" "What kind of magics is this?" 
But again, most are really good to follow and it was quite fun to see the box become real, and some looked even prettier in real life than in the pictures. 

There is a wide variety of boxes, from tiny open boxes to boxes that can close to flowers and cats. I definitely love that there were so many varieties to pick from. Though it was also quite hard as we couldn't try out all of them and had to select the prettiest ones. And then it was another hard choice as so many were pretty. :P

The photographs are very well made, often showing various sides to a project. Which really helped when we couldn't figure out the instructions. 

All in all, we really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to all who like origami. 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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review 2018-03-14 11:17
Amazing Origami Boxes
Amazing Origami Boxes - Tomoko Fuse

by Tomoko Fuse


Origami has interested me since childhood but these 20 original designs take it to a new level. Tomoko Fuse has achieved recognition for her modular designs and these intricate boxes and dishes show why.


This is not a beginners book. However, the instructions are clear and although I think practicing on cheap paper is a good idea before using the beautiful, decorative origami papers shown in the colorful illustrations, at least most of them should be possible for anyone with patience and prepared to practice.


If you have no experience with origami, I suggest an easier beginner's book would be better to start, but some of the square boxes are reasonably easy and once those are mastered, the harder ones should be doable. As I said, practice with cheap paper first. Common printer paper can be squared by folding it over and removing the excess. When you've got the hang of a design, then the origami papers will make it beautiful.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-27 03:08
Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman,Caroline Binch

This is a story about a girl that wants the lead part in a play. It's Peter Pan her classmates tell her she can play that part because it's a boy and the boy is white. Her family supports her and she believes she can be anything she wants to be. It turns out to be very good. I would use this is my classroom to show students that they can do many things as long as they set their mind to it and work hard. I would like to have a "play" and there would be no limitations on who could play which parts. It would be whoever was the best at it.


Lexile Measure: 680L

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review 2018-02-24 21:21
Let Your Imagination Run Free!
Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman,Caroline Binch

This book can really entice children to love, and get into reading. It encourages students to become part of the books and let their imagination grow freely, no matter the role. I love the illustrations and the message it sends that children can be anyone they want to be if they put their minds to it. One activity would be to complete a character traits chart during a read aloud, or even to work on free writing with a prompt such as, "I Will Be... ."

Grade Level: K-2

Lexile measure: 680L

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review 2018-02-20 06:49
You Can Be Anything You Want To Be!
Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman,Caroline Binch



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Have you ever had anyone tell you that you couldn't be something because of your race, gender, etc? Yeah? Well Grace can relate. Amazing Grace is about how Grace chooses to take on the role of achieving her goals, despite what her peers have to say about it. No matter what, YOU CAN be anything and everything you want like to be!


I absolutely love this book! It teaches so much about character and diverisity! A fun activity that I would allow students to participate in is acting out the book. This way, they can literally put their foot in someone else's shoes!

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