The Origami Master
by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Reflecting on this insight, the Master folds a peace-offering that persuades the bird to return to sing and fold with him in their home in the mountains.
Aki Sogabe does an excellent job in bringing the story to life with illustrations reminiscent of classic Japanese wood block engravings, though somewhat simplified to accommodate today’s young audience.
The soft curves of cherry blossoms and the haphazard rambling of bonsai trees are in subtle but striking contrast with the stiff, angular paper models made by Shima. The wonderful mountain landscapes and traditional Japanese elements enhance the story perfectly. The bold strokes and gentle colors of the artwork complement the tone of the story while retaining an unmistakable sensitivity to the innate beauties of nature.