Cover of: Wabi Sabi | Mark Reibstein

Wabi Sabi

1st ed.

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Published by Little, Brown in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

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!

About the Edition

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.

Edition Notes



Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PZ7.R262 Wa 2008

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p. cm.

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