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Wabi Sabi [Hardcover]

Mark Reibstein , Ed Young
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Oct. 1 2008
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!


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About the Author

Mark Reibstein is an English teacher and writer who has lived in New York, California, Hawaii, Japan, and Thailand. Now Mark and his daughter live near San Francisco with their good friend Arlo, who is also a cat. This is his first picture book.

Ed Young has illustrated for over 70 books and has been awarded the Caldecott Medal for Lon Po Po and the Caldecott Honors for Seven Blind Mice and The Emperor and the Kite. He lives in upstate New York with his daughters.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book Dec 6 2012
Format:Hardcover
I received this book as a gift (I am in my 30s), and I love it. The beauty of it's austere poetry and story line is well accompanied by simply lovely illustrations. It is now my favorite book. Suitable for all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite collage! June 29 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A tour de force of exquisite illustration. A very unique book about an important subject. Ed Young is one of the best illustrators ever. The collages are mind boggling in their sensitive use of natural materials. A delightful work of art all around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book June 3 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Of all the hundreds of books I own, this is my favourite by far. Everything about it is so right. I find it a happy book, even just looking at its cover. There is so much variety in patterns, the colors are relaxing - it's a comforting book. As a collage artist, I have vague idea of what wabi sabi is, but I am no longer searching for an answer. The book says it all. I hope no one ever wants to borrow it - I cannot part with it ever. Marie Lyon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Nov. 28 2010
By Wendy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book for my little grandson and he loved it! Especially the textured features that he could touch.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wabi Sabi March 4 2009
Format:Hardcover
Brilliant illustrations, and well-informed story describing with subtlety the quality in Japanese culture called wabi sabi.
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