Little, Brown Young Readers
On Sale: October 1, 2008
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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 imperfection. 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. Wabi
Sabi is a unique picture book that clearly explains a new
way of seeing the world to readers.
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