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What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old blends her love of folding paper and Star Wars. 

A sampling of this week’s books:


The Origami Yoda series tells the story of Dwight, a not-terribly-wise sixth grader, who begins talking to his classmates through a folded paper Yoda puppet. The odd thing is, Origami Yoda is remarkably wise. Prescient even. He correctly predicts the timing of a pop quiz, knows who stole the classroom’s bust of Shakespeare, and doles out friendship saving advice in a timely fashion. All things that Dwight himself can’t do when Origami Yoda’s not around. So how does Origami Yoda do it? And can Darth Paper afford to let this Jedi master take over the 6th grade classroom?

May the folds be with you as you delve into this entertaining, Star Wars-reference laden middle-grade series.

In the news:

Object of Intrigue: Soviet Space Dog Jug (Atlas Obscura)

Apparently, vintage porcelain rocket-shaped jugs bearing the three-dimensional mugs of Belka and Strelka (the first dogs to go up in space and make it back alive) have been popping up on Ebay lately. Who knew that was a thing?

Where the Wild Stings Are (onEarth) 

A map of where the remaining wild bee habitats are in the lower 48 U.S. states.

Grocer’s advertisement from Boston 1732 (Savoring the Past)

Shoppers in Boston in 1732 could stock up on brimstone, snuff, and beeswax, as well as figs, sugar, coffee, tea, various spices, burnt gums, and pickled walnuts at the Three Sugar Loaves and Canister near the Boston Town-house. Good to know.

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