Christine Petrell Kallevig

Christine Petrell Kallevig


Christine Petrell Kallevig presented a Crane Folklore Storigami workshop at the 2014 Annual Centerfold Origami Conference in Worthington, Ohio. This is where you can download and print your own copy of Christine's workshop handout and bibliography.

Crane Facts and Myths.

Bibliography of Crane Folklore and Literature.


Christine Petrell Kallevig's Fabric origami hat band Christine's Amazing
Fabric Origami
Hat Band

See close-up photos of the eight fabric origami models on her hat band.


Christine's Origami
Crane Necklace

Christine often wears a crane necklace and crane earrings along with her fabric origami frog necklace when she tells Storigami tales during school author visits. The necklace is almost as popular as the origami stories! Christine is always asked where it can be purchased. Well - all you have to do is click on the Amazon.com link below to buy similar crane jewelry of your own.


The best prices for Christine Petrell Kallevig's books are at the Storytime Ink International Online Store, but if you prefer to purchase used books from Amazon.com, here are the links:

Storyteller Christine Kallevig flies in a paper airplane

Imaginations Soar With
Christine Petrell Kallevig

Storytelling and Origami
Together as one,
Two arts combined,
Doubles the fun!

Kids holding origami with Storigami author Christine Kallevig
Author and Professional Storyteller Christine Petrell Kallevig has been captivating audiences since 1991 with the special storytelling technique she calls STORIGAMI.

Storytelling + Origami = Storigami

WHAT? Christine Petrell Kallevig folds giant-sized paper as she tells stories. Each fold illustrates an action or character from the story, so by the time the story is over, a surprise origami figure is magically created. Audiences are delighted and amazed as they experience the seamless blending of these dynamic folk arts.

Originally intended as a fun addition to her children’s novels, Storigami instead evolved into an enticing experience that invites audiences to cross an enchanted bridge connecting language with art, a bridge where you definitely want to let your fingers do the walking.


HOW? Christine relies heavily on her background as a former classroom teacher and music therapist when she selects material that targets goals and objectives for students in grades K-8. Teaching creative writing and simple origami techniques are included in every Storigami session, but she also likes to donate origami models to the schools and libraries she visits.

310 piece 3D Modular Origami butterfly folded by Christine Petrell Kallevig Origami sled dog sculpture folded by Christine Petrell Kallevig

This 9-piece Origami Dog Sled Team is a sculpture Christine designed specially for a school in Alaska during a visit in April 2004.

Origami cardinal sculpture folded by Christine Petrell Kallevig Origami bald eagle folded out of wallpaper by Christine Petrell Kallevig Origami black panther and cube folded by Christine Petrell Kallevig

Other recent gifts to schools included falcons, wolves, bulldogs, cardinals, dragons, bears, eagles, black panthers, tigers, elk, and bison. Most were mascots folded in school colors for media centers, principal desks, or lobby showcases.

The most unusual origami sculpture Christine Kallevig made was for a Crooksville, Ohio K-8 School.
Their mascot is a man at a potter's wheel. Origami dragon sculpture folded by Christine Petrell Kallevig

Another interesting origami challenge was designing an origami Railroader for a school in Garrett, Indiana. Redford, Michigan needed a Volt, so she created a spinning three-dimensional flash of blue and white lightning. Christine visited schools in Washington DC and gave them each an origami bald eagle folded out of wallpaper, one of her favorite folding media.

The creative possibilities for the educational use of origami are endless!


Christine Petrell Kallevig holding an origami paper crane and origami fox WHY? Kids love origami, but they need stories:

  • Stories touch hearts and feed minds.

  • Stories stimulate imagination.

  • Stories reveal roots of intelligence and creativity.

  • Stories are language, language, and MORE LANGUAGE! Storytelling is included in Common Core Standards, too. Here's an example:

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.3 Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

Christine Petrell Kallevig telling her origami man story When a story is illustrated by progressive origami folds, recalling the events of the story is the same as recalling the steps necessary to create the origami figure. Short-term memory is greatly enhanced, the whole brain is activated, and everyone has fun while learning exciting, new paper folding skills. Click here to download more information about the educational, developmental, and emotional benefits of combining origami and stories.


WHO? Christine Petrell Kallevig works primarily with grades preK - 8 during school author visits. She also presents literary programs and storytelling workshops at schools, libraries, museums, churches, festivals, and conferences throughout the world. Although her audiences are usually young authors themselves, she loves to speak to "young at heart" adults as well, especially at holiday banquets, art festivals, storytelling events, or association meetings.

Mathematical components of origami (symmetry, bilateral, shapes, ratios) and creative writing techniques (researching, editing, developing plot and characters) are included in every school program and author visit.


CONTACT: Click HERE for complete descriptions
of Christine's school visits, conference presentations, and other storytelling programs, including fees, recommended ages, group size limits, and set-up requirements.

For references and availability, call (440) 838-4881
or send an E-Mail to VisitingAuthor-Ohio@yahoo.com


Articles, Reviews, and Photos of Christine Petrell Kalleviga girl holds up her own creation after reading the Sun, the Moon, and the Origami Grammie


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inspired by a Storigami presentation.
Author Visit Welcome for Christine Petrell Kallevig
Christine Petrell Kallevig is currently accepting bookings for:

  • Family, Reading, STEAM, and Art Night Programs
  • Am. Education Week Nov. 13 - 17, 2017
  • 2017-18 Fall Reading Motivational Programs
  • 2018 Read Across America Events
  • 2018 Michigan March is for Reading Month
  • 2017-18 Young Author Events


    If you would like an author visit or Storigami presentation while Christine's touring through your area, call 440-838-4881 immediately to add your school or library to her travel schedule.

  • Click for a larger view of this poem
    inspired by a Storigami presentation.
    Author Visit Thank You Poem for Christine Petrell Kallevig

    Storyteller Christine Kallevig flies in a paper airplane
    Click on the paper airplane to view past
    and upcoming Storigami performances.

    Send your booking request to:
    VisitingAuthor-Ohio@yahoo.com
    Act now to reserve your preferred date!

    SPECIAL NOTE to Great Lakes states: There are almost always last-minute openings for schools within driving distance from Cleveland, Ohio, especially in Western New York, Western Pennsylvania, Southern Michigan, Eastern Indiana, and anywhere in Ohio. Contact Christine Kallevig ASAP and she'll try hard to fit an author visit or spontaneous Storigami performance into her travel calendar.


    Christine is honored by creative students, teachers, and librarians!

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    Typical Storigami stage for Christine Petrell Kallevig

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