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Yuna's Cardboard Castles

Yuna's Cardboard Castles

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Fold, fit, tuck . . .

Yuna and her family have just moved to the United States, and she doesn't speak English yet. At first, her attempts to catch the attention of the neighborhood kids get lost in translation, but when she shows that she can do something very special with paper, a whole new world unfolds.

Marie Tang and Jieting Chen have brought Yuna's origami creations to life in this whimsical, magical picture book, where the language of play can bridge the language barrier and build new friendships. Back matter includes information about the origin of origami and instructions for kids to fold their own paper boat.

Download the free Yuna’s Cardboard Castles guide to help kids build their own origami boat—that can actually float!


"With its poetic language and beautiful imagery, this story of immigration and connection through play is a worthwhile ­addition to most collections."

School Library Journal

"Most children will be able to identify with Yuna, as most have experienced a time in which they have been unable to communicate with someone yet were finally able to bridge that gap with a game or a shared interest. The message is powerful and the illustrations complement the story well. . . . Recommended."

School Library Connection

Product Info

  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506483412
  • eBook ISBN 9781506483429
  • Age Preschool (3-5 years); Early Grades (5-8 years)
  • Dimensions 8.75 x 10.25
  • Pages 40
  • Publication Date January 24, 2023