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Joanna Rudge LongWabi Sabi's quest and the splendid pictures will please younger children (though probably not as young as the publisher’s recommended range of 3 to 6). The rest of us will be better prepared to appreciate the subtle interconnections among dialogue, poetry and collages fashioned from "time-worn human-made as well as natural materials." Even this medium is a metaphor for the gentle philosophy explored here. The art is rich in leaf greens and glowing reds; in the textures of hair, straw, crazed paint or rough paper. Young captures moments of transcendent beauty—a frog visible through moon-struck water (crumpled, iridescent paper)—and his art incorporates traditional haiku references (a pale moon, symbol of autumn).
—The New York Times