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Encyclopedia of Origami for Children and Adults

by Sergei Afonkin and Elena Afonkina

2000 by Kristall

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Skill Level Simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes - hand-drawn
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Some photos
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Varies

Overall Impression

First, a word of warning - the models featured on the book's cover are not diagrammed in it! Other than that, this is a very fine volume full of text regarding all aspects of origami, very nice color & BW photos, and a great variety of diagrams. The text is completely in Russian, but I heard there is an English version in the making.

There are 40 Origami Designs in Encyclopedia of Origami for Children and Adults:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos

Birds - Passeriformes

Akira Yoshizawa15Square

Insects - Butterflies

Tsuda Yoshio21Square
Letter A


Coen van Someren27Square

2 variations

Boxes and Containers

Saburo Kase31Square

Also in BOS Convention 1978 Autumn
Also in Le Pli 67
Also in NOA Kessakusen
Also in NOA Magazine 10
Also in NOA Magazine 110
Also in Origami - Magic Square by Sergei Afonkin
and in other sources...

The famous beautiful vase
Origami Vase by Saburo Kase on
Folded by Paula Versnick
Fan with cranes


Nakamura Shizuka35Rectangle - 1X2
With cuts

Birds - Galliformes - Peacocks

Adolfo Cerceda49Rectangle - 1X2

Also in El Libro de Las Pajaritas de Papel by Grupo Riglos
Also in Fascinating Origami - 101 models by Vicente Palacios
Also in Origami - The Complete Guide to the Art of Paperfolding by Rick Beech
Also in Origami USA Convention 1983
Also in Secrets of Origami by Robert Harbin
Also in The Best of Annual Collections 1981-1995
and in other sources...
Origami Peacock by Adolfo Cerceda on
Folded by JMorigami

Mammals - Cetacea - Dolphins

Stephen Weiss53$ US Dollar Bill

Also in BOS Convention 1992 Autumn
Also in Making More with Money
Also in Origami USA Convention 1993
Origami Dolphin by Stephen Weiss on
Folded by Michele Rousseau
Star decoration

Geometric and other shapes

Jose Meeusen (Krooshoop)69Square
5 units
Seal on a rock

Mammals - Pinnipedia - Seals and Sea Lions

Martin Wall72Square

Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in ORU Magazine 15

An excellent model
Origami Seal on a rock by Martin Wall Folded from a square of Michael LaFosse's


Peter Budai91Square

Also in AEP convention 2003
Also in Origami Without Borders by Peter Budai

Stunning - multi fingered frog
Origami Frog by Peter Budai on
Folded by Satoshi Itoh

Imaginary beings - Centaurs

Peter Budai98Square

Also in Horses in Origami by John Montroll
Also in Play With Paper by Peter Budai
Also in Tanteidan 7th convention
Origami Centaur by Peter Budai folded by Gilad Aharoni on
Box with crane

Boxes and Containers

Elena Afonkina106Square
5 units

Geometric and other shapes

Irina Bogatova112Square
6 units

People - Ethnicities

Peter Budai117Square

Also in A Arte dos Mestres de Origami by Mari Kanegae
Also in The Realm of Paper by Peter Budai
Also in Das Diagramm 26
Origami Turk by Peter Budai folded by Gilad Aharoni on

Vehicles - Cars

Katsushi Nosho120Square
2 units

2D car

Geometric and other shapes

David Brill128Rectangle - A size
12 units

Insects - Flies

Alfredo Giunta134Rectangle - 1X3

Also in BOS Convention 1986 Spring
Also in Origami Masters: Alfredo Giunta by Alfredo Giunta
Also in BOS Convention 1987 Autumn
Also in BOS Magazine 132
Also in Origami USA Convention 1990
Also in The Best of Annual Collections 1981-1995
and in other sources...
Origami Fly by Alfredo Giunta Folded from a rectangle of tissue+Japanese foil by Gilad Aharoni on


Alexei Kolesov137Square


4 units

The Nippon Origami Association mascot
Leaf dish

Boxes and Containers

Yamanashi Akiko152Square

Reptiles - Turtles

Alexei Kolesov155Square

Nice and 3D
Climbing rose ornament

Geometric and other shapes

Elena Afonkina163Square
5 units


Sergei Afonkin170Rectangle - 1X2
Leaf envelope

Letters and Envelopes

Japanese177Rectangle - A size

Geometric and other shapes

Adolfo Cerceda182Pentagon
Frame with 2 cranes

Objects - Frames

Elena Afonkina184Square
Santa Claus

Religion and Holidays - Christmas and Santa Claus

Katsushi Nosho189Square

Also in NOA Magazine 232
Also in Origami de Christmas 2
Origami Santa Claus by Katsushi Nosho Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on

Music and Musicians

Toshie Takahama190Square

Vehicles - Airplanes

Matsuno Yukihiko194Square

Also in NOA Magazine 214
Origami Airplane by Matsuno Yukihiko on
Folded by Paula Versnick
Autumn love


Elena Afonkina201Square
DNA - 4 molecule


Thoki Yenn203Rectangle - A size

Also in BOS Magazine 142
Also in Let's Fold Spirals by Tomoko Fuse
Also in Quadrato Magico Magazine 27
Also in Der Falter 2
Also in Quadrato Magico Magazine 74
Also in World's Best Origami by Nick Robinson
and in other sources...
Origami DNA - 4 molecule by Thoki Yenn folded by Gilad Aharoni on
Samurai helmet

Clothes - Hats

Tomoko Tanaka210Square

Objects - Wallets

Galina Em214Rectangle - 1X2
On the water - under the water

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

Herman van Goubergen216Square

Also in BOS Convention 1996 Spring
Also in BOS Magazine 177
Also in Das Diagramm 26
Also in Der Falter 19
Also in Le Pli 66
Also in Origami USA Convention 1996
and in other sources...

From above, it looks like a swan, from below - a fish!
Origami On the water - under the water by Herman van Goubergen on
Folded by BOS 2007 convention exhibitor

Mammals - Equidae - Horses and Donkeys

David Brill226Triangle

Also in AEP convention 2011
Also in Bogota Origami Convention 2015
Also in BOS Convention 1979 Spring
Also in BOS Convention 2017 - 50th Anniversary
Also in BOS Magazine 100
Also in BOS Magazine 200
Also in Brilliant Origami by David Brill
and in other sources...
Origami Horse by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on
Hina dolls

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Yamanashi Akiko238Square
Multiple units

Flora - Flowers

Nilva Pillan247Square

Also in CDO convention 2003
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 80
Origami Sunflower by Nilva Pillan on
Folded by Ondrej and Radim Cibulka
Lace T-bag rose

Geometric and other shapes

Markella Krisztian256Square
4 units

Geometric and other shapes

Sergei Afonkin260Hexagon
Dutch hat

Clothes - Hats

Sergei Afonkin264Square