Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November Meeting Wrap-Up

The Book Buddies Book Club met yesterday afternoon to discuss The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.

We all really liked the format of the book and liked that it was a casefile, told from different viewpoints. We thought that if Dwight had been the main narrator it would have been a very weird book and if it were Harvey doing the narrating it would have been a much more negative book since he didn't believe in Yoda and was always telling the other kids how dumb it was.

We thought about the three kinds of advice Yoda gave to his classmates: predicting the future advice (ex. the pop quiz in science class), command advice (ex. telling the kids to learn the Twist) and problem-solving advice (ex. how to hide the water spot on Kellen's pants) and decided that his problem-solving advice was the best because it really helped other people.

It was evident that through much of the story Tommy and the other kids weren't really friends with Dwight. They didn't treat him like a friend and seemed to just be using him for his Yoda. But by the end, we all agreed that they came to accept Dwight for who he is and recognized that he might be a lot smarter than they were giving him credit for.

It was a terrific discussion and we all really liked the book and are looking forward to reading Darth Paper Strikes Back.

Following the discussion, we made some origami Yoda's of our own! We used two different sets of instructions, the one provided in the back of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and the simpler, 5-fold version available on the author's website.

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