Wabi Sabi
Wabi Sabi
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Annotation: 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.
Catalog Number: #30097
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Illustrator: Young, Ed,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-11825-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-20823-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-11825-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-20823-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2007050895
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
Starred Review ALA Booklist (Mon Sep 01 00:00:00 CDT 2008)
ALA Booklist (Mon Sep 01 00:00:00 CDT 2008)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Horn Book (Wed Apr 01 00:00:00 CDT 2009)
Kirkus Reviews
New York Times Book Review
School Library Journal (Mon Sep 01 00:00:00 CDT 2008)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
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Word Count: 1,250
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 126348 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.7 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q54370
Guided Reading Level: T
Fountas & Pinnell: T

Educator's Guide: Wabi Sabi Educator's Guide

Wabi Sabi, a little cat in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Kyoto</st1:City>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Japan</st1:country-region></st1:place>, 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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