Wabi Sabi
Mark Reibstein

Illustrated by Ed Young

Beautifully illustrated with earthy collage, this introduction to (or reminder of) Wabi Sabi comes in the poetically told story of a cat. With haikus by Basho in English and japanese. —Recommended by Tân, City Lights Books

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!

Title Wabi Sabi
Author Mark Reibstein
Illustrated by Ed Young
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Title First Published 01 October 2008
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 40 p.
ISBN-10 0316118257
ISBN-13 9780316118255
Publication Date 01 October 2008
Main content page count 40
Weight 32 oz.
List Price $16.99

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