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Wabi Sabi

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    I love this book! Not just for art.

    Looking at the artsy "illustrations" one might think that this book was written only to display the wonderful artwork of the author. But if it had no illustrations, I would still love this story. A Japanese cat looks for the meaning of her name, which is abstract and conceptual. No one seems to be able to explain its meaning, and as she searches for someone who can, she gains clues about it from her journey. Finally, as she returns home, the meaning of her name becomes clear. This story is told with haiku poetry in the margins. It suggests that sometimes words must be felt to be explained, and that many times less is more. Primary grade children can understand this story, which also lends itself to a lesson on Japanese culture and of course, haiku, for older children.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    A rare gem of a perfect children's book

    It is very rare to find a children's picture book that has all the elements that make it an instant classic. It has a beautiful story of a cat searching for the meaning of her name and learns (as well as the reader) the meaning of her place in the world at the same time. It has beautiful haiku poems that are not only beautiful, and descriptive of each place the cat visits on her journey, but each haiku brings a measure of peace at each stage of the journey to the reader as well. The mixed media illustrations, made with natural materials, bring a sense of presence to the reader and viewer, in that it is easy for the reader and viewers to put themselves in the picture and join the cat on her journey in search of her own meaning and place in her world. The author beautifully conveys the message of home and love as the place for a beloved pet to be in the big world it inhabits.
    This is one of the few books I purchased brand-new for my personal collection, and is on my "special" shelf. I hope it stays a classic and a favorite in my collection for many of my own family's future generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Beautiful illustrations! A charming story for both children and adults.

    This is a book I will read to many children and encourage them to make their own collages.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

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    Wabi Sabi

    This story is an excellent story for an audience that is concerned about things much more insignificant than real beauty. People of all ages can benefit from reading this story because it teaches that outer beauty isnt always the most imporant thing. The development of the Japanese culture is also a very interesting and exciting factor. Poetry is also an aspect of this story which makes it appropriate for a wide audience as well as being potentially beneficial in a classroom!

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

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    A gorgeous picture book for older kids and us

    This book is not just for kids. This gives a wonderful entry into an ancient and useful Japanese concept, wabi sabi, that I happen to cherish. It is a concept difficult to define, and therefore this gorgeous children's book is useful guide. A special treat are the Basho and Shiki haiku (in Japanese and English) at the back. Very classy.

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