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Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein

Wabi Sabi (2008)

by Mark Reibstein

Other authors: Ed Young (Illustrator)

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Beautiful. ( )
  liz.mabry | May 13, 2019 |
A cat names Wabi Sabi is trying to dissever what her name really means but everyone keeps saying "thats hard to explain". So she goes on an adventure to find her identity.
  darianskie | Oct 17, 2018 |
This book tells the story of a cat who tries to learn the story of his name, Wabi Sabi. His journey teaches him of the hard-to-explain Japanese concept of beauty in imperfection. This book is illustrated with cut paper collage which embodies the wabi sabi concept.
  helenaament | Aug 7, 2018 |
Beautiful collages accompany this book which tells the story of a cat named Wabi Sabi who goes in search of the meaning of her name. The story is told using a combination of text and haiku. Wabi sabi is a Japanese philosophy of seeking beauty among the simple things in life. The cat finds this out in her journey and readers will too as they explore this book.
1 vote LaurenMcClelland | Jul 25, 2018 |
Wabi Sabi is a cat who does not understand her name. She is given some clues, but mostly the answer "that is hard to explain." Eventually she finds Kosho, a wise old monkey who helps her to understand: "simple things are beautiful." No longer in a hurry, she could see the beauty in the natural and simple; she starts composing her own haikus and feels satisfied--simple, and beautiful. The book goes on to give the history of wabi sabi, as well as a comparison of Haiku and Haibun. The story is punctuated on every page with at least one haiku in English, as well as ones in Japanese that are translated in the back of the book.
  widdowsd | May 14, 2017 |
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Kosho Hannya Wo Danzu

An old pine tree can teach you the sacred truths.

-- Zen Proverb
Wabi Sabi is a way of seeing the world that is at the heart of Japanese culture. It finds beauty and harmony in what is simple, imperfect, natural, modest, and mysterious. It can be a little dark, but it is also warm and comfortable. It may best be understood as a feeling, rather than as an idea.
For Lauren and Lena

-- M.R.
To providence hidden in tragic circumstances.
It points to yet another opportunity to fully realize this book.

-- E.Y.
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Wabi Sabi was a cat who lived in Kyoto, Japan.
"That's hard to explain."
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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. [publisher description]
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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.

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