Spread Your Wings and Fly: An Origami Fold-and-Tell Story

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By Mary Chloe Schoolcraft Saunders

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

Spread Your Wings and Fly: An Origami Fold-and-Tell Story

ABOUT Mary Chloe Schoolcraft Saunders

Mary Chloe Schoolcraft Saunders
Mary Chloe Schoolcraft Saunders served as an elementary school speech-language pathologist for 11 years, during which she used origami to foster the development of language skills and spiritual growth. She lives in New Mexico.



This magically illustrated "fold-and-tell" teaches children, step-by-step, how to make an origami crane and offers lessons in life along the way.

• Includes illustrations of each paper fold and instructions in language appropriate for children as young as 4 years old.

• Presents a story that emphasizes life's successes, joys, creativity, and triumph over adversity.

• Provides an additional succinct summary of all the folding steps and a paper template for parents and teachers.

In this delightful "fold-and-tell," the author teaches children to create the traditional origami crane. Through inspiring, accessible prose interwoven with richly detailed illustrations that seem to burst exuberantly from their borders, Spread Your Wings and Fly cleverly combines clear folding instructions with a simple story of the ups and downs, missteps and wondrous flights that are part of life for all of us. 

The author's words conjure images of perennial delight in each folding step toward creating a finished bird: first it looks like a kite, then like an ice cream cone; at one moment the folded paper resembles a sailboat, at another an elephant with large ears. The story reminds youngsters that sails may lose their wind or ice cream may fall from your cone--but with the next fold of paper, children are brushing themselves off and moving on with their paper creations. For extra clarity, a separate, detailed step-by-step summary of folding instructions is provided for adults, along with a pattern for paper squares perfectly sized for small hands to fold. Spread Your Wings and Fly is a remarkable tool for parents, teachers, or anyone who spends time with children and wishes to share with them the gifts of storytelling, creativity, and craft.

"A great way to teach children how to tackle a challenging and rewarding task."
Light of Consciousness, Spring/Summer 2002

"This brilliant book touches the heart and spirit with every page. A true and timeless gift for any child."
Candelora Versace, Southwest Book Views, Winter 2003