Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This week, we're kicking off the Bluebonnet Program in the Allen Library by reading from the popular book The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.  You've seen Star Wars, right?  You know the strange green little fellow that talks funny in the movie?  He makes an appearance as a finger puppet in The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.  He was designed by an odd boy named Dwight who carries him around on his finger all the time.  The wild thing is that Origami Yoda gives some really good advice!  Do you think Origami Yoda is real or just a hoax?  That's what the students at McQuarrie Middle School are trying to determine.  Read this you must!  (Did you say that in your best Yoda voice?) 

To find out more about The Bluebonnet Program, click on the Bluebonnet tab at the top of this page.

Drawn by talented artist and librarian aide Amber Bowden.

In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.

Did you know that you can find instructions to make your own origami Yoda in the back of the book?  Or you can follow along with the video below. 

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