Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

Picture Book - 2008 | 1st ed
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Wabi Sabi, a cat living in the city of Kyoto, learns about the Japanese concept of beauty through simplicity as she asks various animals she meets about the meaning of her name.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: PICTURE BOOK REI
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Young, Ed - Illustrator
ISBN: 9780316118255


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I love Ed Young's illustrations in this story of a cat that goes on a journey to discover the meaning of its name. Recommended by Gudrun

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Jan 08, 2019

This book is an amazing treasure- the mixed media illustrations, the Haiku with references to Basho and Shiki (covered in the end notes) and the journey of the little cat Wabi Sabi, trying to find the origin of his name. A book for children that will resonate deeply with adults. Lovely lovely book!

"Simple things are beautiful," she heard the monkey say as he poured more tea for her. Looking down at the tea in her bowl,
seeing herself plain
and beautiful, she whispered,
"Now I understand."

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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