By Dori Kleber, illustrated by G. Brian Karas (Candlewick Press)
Without a single cliche, this book entertains while teaching two important lessons: a multicultural community enriches each individual, and practice yields rewards. Joey, an African-American boy, is introduced to origami, the art of folding paper, by the mother of his friend Sarah Takimoto. He is inspired to become an origami master and dedicates himself to practice. After driving his family crazy, Joey finds support in Mr. Lopez’s Mexican restaurant. In the end, Joey meets a girl who is amazed by origami, too.