Blair of Wise Craft recently posted a fabulous list of books for young girls. As the mother of a young girl, I'm always on the lookout for books that are both interesting and appropriate for my daughter, as well as books that I'd enjoy reading along with her. Though it didn't make Blair's list, I wanted to share a book and a project that my daughter and I recently enjoyed.
The book is Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, a short book (read aloud in less than an hour) about a young girl in Japan who becomes ill with radiation sickness several years after America dropped the atom bombs on Japan. The story is sad yet inspiring. We were inspired to start making origami cranes.
I don't know that we'll make a thousand, but if we did, this is what we would do with them.
This paper sculpture hangs in the library of our local elementary school. It is quite breathtaking. Makes me wish we had a huge room with vaulted ceilings to suspend our own sculpture.
Coincidentally, a homeschooling friend of mine had introduced the Sadako book to her daughter the very same week we read the book. One afternoon, we got together and our friends showed us how to fold cranes. Here's a tutorial for folding paper cranes:
How To Fold An Origami Paper Crane (Orizuru) - The funniest bloopers are right here
And here is a short video (found via Folding Trees) about Sadako, presented in origami stop motion animation:
We're currently re-reading The Boxcar Children, and I must admit I enjoy the original story so much more than the subsequent mysteries. My son absolutely loves Benny, and I love hearing him giggle every time Benny does something silly (like cutting the letter J in his dog's fur - boy, did that get some giggles). The story makes me want to find an abandoned boxcar on an obsolete train track and set up house. I wonder if this boxcar is available?
Get it? Soule Train. I bet there would be plenty of room to suspend a thousand cranes inside.