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Holmes Lake Park in Origami Illustration by Linda Stephen for the book The Day We Went to the Park

Holmes Lake Park in Origami

24" x 40" x 3"
$11.95 (Paperback Book) or $19.95 (Hardback Book)

This origami illustration is the main artwork for the rhyming picture book The Day We Went to the Park (Handersen Publishing, 2020), which won the 2021 Nebraska Book Award for illustration.  The artwork includes more than 1,000 origami sculptures and 300 handmade papers and took seven months to make.

Schedule an author/illustrator visit for storytime, a picture book writing or art workshop, to see the original illustrations, or to learn how to make your own origami.

The Day We Went to the Park takes the reader on a walk around a community park in the summer – 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 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 colorful illustrations crafted from hundreds of handmade Japanese papers and more than 1,000 origami paper sculptures. The playful text 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 back matter includes background on Japanese papers and a bonus craft project with directions on how to fold an origami caterpillar.


Layered papers and invented origami from Japanese artisanal papers.


A summer day on a walk at a local park. The view is inspired by Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln.

Holmes Lake Park in Origami Illustration by Linda Stephen for the book The Day We Went to the Park

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