Book launch: Children’s origami picture book “The Day We Went to the Park” featuring Holmes Lake Park

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New Origami Picture Book Features Holmes Lake Park: The Day We Went to the Park

Book signing and book reading for The Day We Went to the Park is Friday Feb. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Francie & Finch Bookshop, 130 S. 13th St. The event is during First Friday Art Walk in Lincoln and is free and open to the public.
Art exhibit with the origami landscapes created for book illustrations will be on exhibit Feb. 1-29.

The Day We Went to the Park, a rhyming picture book by Christine Manno and Lincoln paper artist Linda Stephen, will be published in February by Handersen Publishing. The illustrations feature Holmes Lake Park crafted from more than 1,000 origami paper sculptures and took six months to complete. or


Handersen Publishing, an independent children’s press, announces the February 2020 release of the rhyming origami picture book The Day We Went to the Park by authors Linda Stephen and Christine Manno and illustrated by Linda Stephen. The Day We Went to the Park takes the reader on a walk around Holmes Lake 0– exploring all there is to see, do and hear. Through rhyming verses and detailed origami paper sculptures, the story invites readers to observe, imagine and interact with some of the nature at the park including squirrels, ladybugs, pine trees, prairie flowers and a painted turtle.

The origami illustrations featured in The Day We Went to the Park reflect the richly diverse communities in which we all live and include people of different ages, ethnicity, ability and gender. The Day We Went to the Park features brilliant illustrations crafted from hundreds of handmade Japanese papers and more than 1,000 origami paper sculptures, and playful text that will engage and delight readers of all ages. An excellent tool for teachers of indoor or outdoor classrooms, librarians, and school counselors, The Day We Went to the Park supports lessons on nature, friendship, mindfulness and diversity. The Day We Went to the Park is a worthy addition to any classroom or library collection seeking to promote diversity and inclusion awareness through children’s literature.

Available at Francie & Finch bookstore –
Publication Date: February 2020
Ages 3-9; 32 pages; 8.5” x 11”
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About Lincoln Author/Illustrator: Fluent in Japanese, Linda Stephen studied Japanese arts and worked for six years as a teacher and translator near Kyoto, Japan. She has served as a writer on five continents for clients including United Nations’ agencies, international and Nebraska nonprofits, technology start-ups, and book publishers. After 9/11, she began doing paper art – origami sculptures and landscapes – to celebrate the moments that we have.

About the Co-Author: Christine Manno is a university professor and diversity scholar whose research explores the workplace experiences of minorities and persons with disability. In her free time, she enjoys long walks on crisp days with her French bulldog, Miss Daizy.