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The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito
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The Sound of Silence

by Katrina Goldsaito

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I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. First, I liked how the author connected two cultures through a common theme. The main character, Yoshio lives in Toyko, which is where the Japanese culture comes from. In the beginning of the book, Yoshio was taking to a koto player who told him that the most beautiful sound is “ma,” the sound of silence. Yoshio spent the rest of his time throughout the story trying to find ma. The language the author used was descriptive, as he identified all the noisy things Yoshio found. I really liked how the language was consistent throughout the book with each sound he heard. For example, the author included phrases such as “the horns of buses and the whoosh of bullet trains and the beep-beep-beep of the traffic lights, but no silence.” Everywhere Yoshio went, the author wrote about the sounds he heard to make the reader feel as if they were there. Finally, the big message of the story was revealed when Yoshio found silence in a page of his book, and realized that “ma” had been all around him. The story finishes with Yoshio remembering some of the previous sounds he heard and then, he found out that “it had been there all along.” The author even includes another connection back to the Japanese culture in the end of the book, to most importantly inform readers that, “ma is the silence that you, too, can find in the spaces between sounds.” I loved the message that the author shared. ( )
  Jfranchak | Sep 7, 2017 |
My thoughts changed each time he heard a new sound but still couldn't find silence, i though he would never find it and that he had been sent on a wild goose chase; boy was I wrong. This book made me question my own knowledge and could push the boundaries of the students thinking process. I would read this to a group of 2nd graders.
  NaomiGG | Aug 22, 2017 |
I liked reading the picturebook, “The Sound of Silence” for two reasons because of the writing and the illustrations. The similes make the writing more descriptive such as, “Peaceful, like the garden after it snowed. Like the feather – stuffed futons drying in the sun.” The use of run-on sentences and repetition, “And it had been there all along,” demonstrate the power of the silence and how the character was looking for the silence for so long, but it turned out that it was right in front of him. In addition, the illustrations of the picturebook portray his empty house in all white, and then in color when the door is opened to represent all the hustle of the city. The last page of the book is also in all white with single words that are very small stating, “Ma, silence,” and a photo of him at his desk with a white background, disappearing into the silence. The big idea/message of the picturebook is that everyone can find peace within one’s self, but also always find time for relaxation to focus on you. ( )
  KristenZdon | Feb 27, 2017 |
A lovely, simple picture book about a Japanese boy who lives in Tokyo and tries to find the most beautiful sound of all, "ma" (silence--the space between sounds). Line drawings show all of the busy-ness of Tokyo, and the quiet of the forest.

Excellent for reading to children. ( )
  lexingtonfriends | Aug 21, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316203378, Hardcover)

"Do you have a favorite sound?" little Yoshio asks. The musician answers, "The most beautiful sound is the sound of ma, of silence."

But Yoshio lives in Tokyo, Japan: a giant, noisy, busy city. He hears shoes squishing through puddles, trains whooshing, cars beeping, and families laughing. Tokyo is like a symphony hall!

Where is silence?

Join Yoshio on his journey through the hustle and bustle of the city to find the most beautiful sound of all.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:32:34 -0400)

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