Wabi Sabi

Author(s): Mark Reibstein

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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 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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A curious cat explores the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in simplicity

Mark Reibstein is an English teacher and writer who has lived in New York, California, Hawaii, Japan, and Thailand. Now he lives with his good friend Arlo, who is also a cat. Ed Young has illustrated for over 70 books and has been awarded the Caldecott Medal for Lon Po Po.

General Fields

  • : 9780316118255
  • : Little Brown & Company
  • : Orbit
  • : September 2008
  • : 279 x 279mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mark Reibstein
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : Ed Young
  • : English
  • : [E]
  • : 40
  • : Colour Illustrations