The Com­plete Guide for Ev­ery­one Michael G. Lafosse and Richard L. Alexan­der Tut­tle Pub­lish­ing, Soft­cover $16.95 (96pp) 978-4-80531268-1

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Lafosse & Alexan­der’s Es­sen­tial Book of Origami be­gins with a tra­di­tional Ja­panese crane that takes twenty-two steps to com­plete and in­cludes other play­ful and lovely forms, from a 3-D heart to a two-color cat with a whop­ping sixty steps, and from a leatherback sea tur­tle to a great white shark made from a two-dol­lar bill.

The di­a­grams for each step are clear and of­ten show the re­sults of folds that are dif­fi­cult to de­scribe in words, but hav­ing some origami ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore at­tempt­ing these projects would be help­ful.

For peo­ple who are com­fort­able with the craft, this is an ex­cel­lent guide to the art of origami, with thoughts from these two renowned artists on pa­per se­lec­tion, fold­ing tech­niques, dis­play­ing, and pre­serv­ing folded ob­jects, among other is­sues.

The ac­com­pa­ny­ing DVD, with four hours of in­struc­tions, takes origami stu­dents through fold­ing tech­niques and pa­per prepa­ra­tion, as well as guid­ing view­ers through each of the origami forms pre­sented in the book. The di­a­grams and videos work to­gether to al­low prac­ti­tion­ers to meet the au­thors’ goal of pro­duc­ing more art­ful fold­ing with con­fi­dence and en­joy­ment.

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