Reviewed for Fifth Grade, 2007

For a fusion of art, math, and pure manual dexterity, it's hard to match Origami. With proper adult guidance, even very small children can make simple shapes. But older kids can still learn a great deal by practicing this ancient art, especially as they move into the increasingly abstract math concepts of fifth and sixth grade measurement, proportion, and geometry. This is also an excellent time for kids to work independently with a manual, learning to read the text and follow its directions. We especially like Steve and Megumi Biddle's clean-lined, easy to follow book. Their animal creations, ranging from cicada to polar bear, are each accompanied by a photograph of a piece of related art from the Metropolitan Museum in New York, helping young artists see the ties between their original works and those of classic artists. This handy manual even comes with a set of origami paper, so kids--and interested parents--can start folding right away. (Viking, 17.99)