Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

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The award-winning and New York Times bestselling book about a cat named Wabi Sabi who searches for the meaning of her name
Wabi Sabi, a little cat in Kyoto,Japan, had never thought much about her name until friends visiting from another land asked her owner what it meant.

At last, the master
Says, "That's hard to explain." And
That is all she says.

This unsatisfying answer sets Wabi Sabi on a journey to uncover the meaning of her name, and on the way discovers what wabi sabi is: a Japanese philosophy of seeing beauty in simplicity, the ordinary, and the imperfect.

Using spare text and haiku, Mark Reibstein weaves an extraordinary story about finding real beauty in unexpected places. Caldecott Medal-winning artist Ed Young complements the lyrical text with breathtaking collages. Together, they illustrate the unique world view that is wabi sabi.

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book for 2008!

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316118255
Branch Call Number: j PO REIBSTEI
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Young, Ed


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LoganLib_Phoebe Oct 11, 2018

An exquisite picture book that explains the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi. Wonderful illustrations and haiku poems explore Japanese culture as the main character, a cat, tries to discover the meaning of her name.

Jan 21, 2014

Lovely, peaceful book. I used it in a third/fourth grade homeschool assignment that covered several areas. Of course, haiku, but also explaining how something people aspire to sometimes still disappoints. We were working on the reconstruction period after the Civil War and through the Civil Rights Era. In particular, we were grappling with the concept of freedom.
This book is simple, makes a difficult topic accessible and the artwork is fantastic (and "reproducible" for a student to complement haikus s/he has created. Highly recommended.

Incinerated_Newt Mar 07, 2011

Beautiful artwork and an adorable story. This is a great book to read aloud to children.

Mar 02, 2009



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PimaLib_BeccaB May 07, 2015

At last, the master
Says, "That's hard to explain." And
That is all she says.


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