Easy Butterfly Origami

My new book, Easy Butterfly Origami features 30 bold full-color patterns designed to accurately portray the dorsal and ventral sides of some of the most beautiful butterflies from around the world!

Origami Folding Tips

Origami, from the Japanese ori (to fold) and kami (paper), began in the 6th century when Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan. The print-and-fold crafts and easy diagrams are designed to help children with fine motor skills, directions and hand eye coordination. Some basic origami folding tips:
  • Print and cut out patterns carefully.
  • Fold with clean, dry hands.
  • Follow the instructions. Study the diagrams and be patient.
  • Be precise: fold each crease well, flattening the creases by running your fingertip over the fold.
  • Folding the paper away from you is easier than folding towards you.
  • Be creative...use your origami on greeting cards, holiday decorations, table place cards and bookmarks.

Wild About Reading

Last week I was fortunate enough to participate in the Honolulu Zoo's Wild About Reading event, featuring storytellers and crafts throughout the day. The event was organized in partnership by the Hawaii State Library, Children's Literature Hawaii and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl and featured free books for the first 500 families, courtesy of award-winning author and illustrator James Rumford, who donated copies of his book, Chee-Lin. A great time was had by all, and I hope they make this an annual event.

In addition to reading an assortment of wildlife picture books, including Baby Honu Saves the Day, I created a coloring sheet to celebrate the day:

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