Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!

Read you must all of the Origami Yoda books before proceeding! The Force will be strong in those who read these books:

As you’ve no doubt gathered, we’re up to the fifth book in Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series, Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! Once again the students of McQuarrie Middle School are battling the FunTime Menace, but they may just have an unexpected ally now.

The Origami Rebellion thought they had won a victory when Principal Rabbski agreed to see about putting an end to the horribly boring, soul-crushing FunTime program. This expensive test-prep program put an end to their field trips, electives, and everything else that really made school fun. Even the teachers hate it.

But FunTime seems to be Force-choking McQuarrie Middle. The students are still sitting through the mind-numbing videos and worksheets, and Principal Rabbski doesn’t appear to be doing much to stop it.

So what’s a rebellion to do? They ask the advice of the puppet that started it all: Origami Yoda. Yoda urges the rebellion to let Principal Rabbski take a look at their extensive case file (which details how everyone really feels about FunTime). Since there are entries that paint Rabbski in a rather unflattering light, the rebellion disagrees.

Someone, though, has taken matters into her own hands. The mysterious Princess Labelmaker has given Rabbski the case file, hoping that it will convince the principal to finally take action against the evil FunTime Empire.

Will the Origami Rebellion finally get their principal to turn from the Dark Side? Who is the rogue rebel who gave the case file to Rabbski, and was that act worth it? Will the FunTime Menace finally be vanquished? Find out when you read Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!

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I don’t have to do much to sell the Origami Yoda books in my library. Basically, I put them on the shelves, and they disappear. (I do talk them up anyway. My kids know how much I love all things Star Wars.) This fifth installment, I’m sure, will be no different.

Student readers aside, I’d like to recommend this entire series to educators. In my opinion, Tom Angleberger hits the nail on the head when describing how both students and teachers feel about the stranglehold standardized testing has on education today. Standardized testing is big business, and, in my opinion, students are the ones who end up paying the highest price. We’re sacrificing creativity, curiosity, and, yes, fun in the hopes that kids will do well on a standardized test…when there is nothing standard about student learning. And don’t get me started on evaluating teachers on their students’ test scores. (Seriously. I could rant for days on that subject.) Are a few points on a test more important that developing a love of learning in students? I don’t think so…and neither does the Origami Rebellion.

Time to step off my soapbox…for now.

Even though there was a nice bit of closure in Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!, I’m sure we’ll see more of the students of McQuarrie Middle School. In the meantime, I recommend visiting the author’s Origami Yoda page and Twitter feed. Also, be sure to take a look at the video below for more from Tom Angleberger. May the Force be with you!

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