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“May the Force be with you…”

February2

Obi-Wan Kenobi used this phrase when he wished Luke Skywalker luck when they were saying good-bye to each other. We’ve been channeling the Force as I’ve been sharing  Tom Angleberger’s book, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Amulet, 2010), with our Fifth Graders. This title is written in notebook or journal form with short chapters that are narrated by different characters. It seems that Dwight, probably the nerdiest student in McQuarrie Middle School, has begun carrying around his origami creation of Yoda. When he puts Origami Yoda on his finger and answers his classmates questions, Yoda is much wiser than Dwight could ever be. Tommy and his friends struggle to decipher whether Origami Yoda truly does have power. He must because that’s the only way to explain how someone as clueless as Dwight could offer such sensible advice.

Tom Angleberger’s sequel to this comic tale of everyday occurrences of middle-schoolers is Darth Paper Strikes Back (Amulet, 2011). Harvey channels the Force in a negative way when he constructs an Origami Darth Vader.

Of course, we had to make our own Origami Yoda’s by following Tom Angleberger’s video. Stay tuned for Darth Paper, and remember to use the Force wisely!

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