Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for..........

Y is for..........Yoda.

I wouldn't call myself a full-fledged Star Wars geek, but there are tendencies. I can't tell you the names of all the creatures in the cantina scene or anything, but I will gladly proclaim my love for Yoda. 

I have a giant Yoda poster in my classroom. I tell my students that Yoda sees all and gladly informs me of any wrongdoing I might miss. I also have a few Yodas strategically placed around the class. One is a Yoda Magic 8 Ball, and every so often I'll let the kids ask Yoda some questions. I may or may not answer those questions in a lame Yoda voice. We have a few Yodas around the house as well, and I'm proud to say my daughters love the wise green one as much as I do.

George Lucas gave us two very different Yodas. The Yoda of the original trilogy is broken down, barely able to lift Luke's ship out of the swamp.

The Yoda in the prequel triology is an ass-kicking whirling dervish.

It was pretty cool to see Yoda bust out the light saber and mad fighting skills, but when push comes to shove, I have to go with the original Yoda.

A couple summers ago I discovered a new version of Yoda. Origami Yoda.

This Yoda plays a prominent role in Tom Angleberger's great book The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. The book is a sweet story about a socially awkward 6th grade boy (is there any other kind?) who dispenses middle school wisdom through a perfectly constructed origami Yoda. It's ideal for 3rd-6th graders, and their parents of course.

Angleberger has done a couple sequels, Darth Paper Strikes Back and The Secret of the Fortune Wookie. They're both awesome.

Original Yoda, prequel Yoda, and yes, even origami Yoda. What's not to love? 

Earlier in the Challenge I said The Dude from The Big Lebowski is my favorite movie character of all time. Yoda is probably a close second. I guess you could say Yoda is my favorite nonhuman movie character of all time.

Who's your favorite nonhuman movie character of all time? 


  1. Yoda is awesome, he is! And I love the origami one. What a neat idea for a book, too. :)

  2. The original Yoda is my favorite. But the origami one is also classic.

  3. Next to Yoda, Jaques the Mouse from Cinderella is my sentimental favorite.

  4. Yoda is very cool. I like wise Yoda in the original series. I haven't read the books. However, I can definitely see the appeal.

  5. 'I wouldn't call myself a full-fledged Star Wars geek, but there are tendencies.'