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10 thoughts on “Wabi Sabi

  1. says:

    Excellent introduction to wabi sabi and the Taoist and Japanese Zen views of life The artwork is great, lots of collages, and the story is simple and sweet and touching and THOUGHTFUL The haiku element is a nice touch I m not sure if young children will really appreciate all of the elements, but I think they would appreciate the story of the cat s journey and the other creatures that she meets, and haiku can be really fun Besides, children are so wabi sabi naturally


  2. says:

    Read about this in the New York Times children s book based on a Japanese philosophical aesthetic with pictures created from hand made paper collages, and it stars a cat I gave it as a gift to a friend who is obsessed with A paper making, B Japanese art and C cats So it was a pretty good gift.The artwork is beautiful and the story lyrical and unusual But I don t know how much a kid would actually get out of or into it wabi sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete WIKIPEDIA D That is almost as exciting as Spongebob, but not quite.It seems like a book made for, well, adults who are obsessed with A paper making, B Japanese art and C cats.


  3. says:

    Credit author Mark Reibstein with this much He sure doesn t shy away from trying to teach kids complex philosophical concepts Here he is writing his very first picture book and does he select something easy like being the new kid in school or losing your first tooth No, Reibstein decides to write a book about the ancient Chinese concept of wabi sabi later adopted by the Japanese , working in thoughts on Taoism, haiku, and even the works of Basho on the sly Paired alongside the remarkable Ed Young s artwork, the final product is a quiet, deep, moving story that may require a special audience, and yet has many uses.One day Wabi Sabi the cat overhears his mistress discussing his name with a pair of visitors When asked what wabi sabi means, the young woman replies, That s hard to explain Curious, Wabi Sabi sets out to find the true meaning of her name Each creature she asks explains how difficult a concept it is to explain, and they often end their thoughts with a little haiku each one describing wabi sabi in some manner It isn t until the cat meets a wise monkey and partakes of tea in a plain and beautiful bowl that the phrase begins to take on a real meaning Wabi sabi is the feeling you get when you find harmony in the imperfect that is beautiful Stopping at a temple on her way home, Wabi Sabi creates poems in its honor and truly understands her name by the time she meets up with her mistress once again.The book bears some surface similarities to Jon Muth s Zen Shorts, though the tone feels a bit different In both cases, however, you find yourself wondering idly about audience The idea of a cat searching for the true meaning of its name is something kids will grasp easily But with the added haiku in the text, the book appears to be aimed at older children Maybe if a school had a class assignment on haiku this would make for a natural companion piece Normally when a child has to learn about haiku they are handed a book of poems that are separate from one another A title like If Not for the Cat by Jack Prelutsky is fun for kids but doesn t always make plain haiku s power to set a moment in time apart from the busyness of life What Wabi Sabi does is to place these haikus within the context of a larger tale When that happens, the little sayings and moments are set apart They are shots of quietude in the midst of a busy narrative As a result, the entire book has a kind of calming effect on the reader Whether that effect will touch children as often as it touches adults remains to be seen.I wouldn t call my relationship to Ed Young s work a love hate relationship because I ve never really hated anything he s done I just feel that his art varies to a great and grand degree When Ed Young created Lon Po Po it was justly given a Caldecott Medal for a title that was inarguably the greatest children s art of that given year Lon Po Po was a triumph Since then Mr Young has done personal tales like My Mei Mei and grand sweeping visions with eclectic techniques as in Beyond the Great Mountains These are all fine and good but few have them have really touched me in any way Really, I haven t found an Ed Young book I really liked since I, Doko Wabi Sabi, however, grabbed my attention It could have been another run of the mill book, but there s something extra here Something special Maybe it s wrapped up in the story of these illustrations creation.Here is the true story behind the pictures you will see in Wabi Sabi When Mr Young was asked to create the art for Reibstein s book he produced a series of beautifully simple images When the pictures were done he went to visit his editor or was it his agent and left the images on the front porch of the home When he went outside again to retrieve them, they were gone Poof It was a wabi sabi moment, says Mr Young And rather than bemoan his fate, curse the heavens above, and fall into a funk, Young resolved to make the pictures again, and make them better The result is what you hold in your hand now Rather than use the same style and this really was a case of starting over from scratch , Young went in a new direction They ll call this artistic style mixed media and I guess that they aren t wrong, but there s something about Young s combinations here that gets at the heart of the story better than any random smattering of pulp on paper could The epilogue to this tale is that six months or so after the disappearance of the art, it reappeared anonymously at a local church and was returned to Young s possession And if you do a side by side comparison of Young s first try and subsequent re illustration one thing is patently clear The new images are better than the originals Just as Ed Young said they would be.To talk a little about the art, can I confess to you that I m not actually a fan of collage I m not I have nothing against pasting random bits and pieces together in the hopes of creating something new and different, but it s not my favorite style in the whole wide world And so the single most impressive and interesting image in this book is not, to my mind, the cat or the creatures he encounters but in fact the photograph that lurks behind the publication information at the end of the book It s a shot taken in low lighting of what appears to be a stone garden The sand is even, possibly after a recent rain, but breaking it up natural as you please is a set of small and precise cat footprints The combination of perfect smooth surface and the playful remains of kitty feet is what this book is all about The perfection of imperfection.It is not an easy book to describe I keep trying to give you some vast sense of the whole, and instead I keep finding myself returning to descriptions of single moments How could I review this book without mentioning the image of Wabi Sabi staring out over a busy city at dusk Young perfectly captures in a visual sense the accompanying haiku s description of the darkening city, before the shock of new light , that will come with electricity I was particularly intrigued to find that though I started the book by imagining that it took place in the past Wabi Sabi s mistress wears a kimono , the shot of the city places it squarely in the present This is not a jarring realization, however, and few will have any problems with it If people dohave any difficulties with the book, it may lie in the design Wabi Sabi is a vertical book To read it, you must turn it so that the pages move from down to up rather than from right to left Some people find such books too difficult to read to children though, if Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens is any indication, this is something adults object to Not children.If you find the song Simple Gifts running through your head, do not be surprised Heck, you could even pair this book with Chris Raschka s picture book Simple Gifts for a cat related, simplicity centric storytime Concept books are hard enough when you re trying to teach a kid why sharing is bad or why homemade things have meaning than store bought Trying to teach kids about why the simple and plain are also beautiful is a task few would willingly select Reibstein and Young, however, have hit upon the one way it can be done I suspect that the world will recognize their achievement accordingly Highly recommended.Ages 7 and up.


  4. says:

    This book is simply spectacular I m in danger of using hyperbole here It really blew me away.It s one of those books that are ostensibly for children but that can be enjoyed at least as much by adults.It starts uniquely because the binding is not on the left side, as it is in most English language books, but at the top The collages that make up the illustrations are gorgeous and interesting they re really special I particularly loved the page with the leaves.The story is interspersed with many Haiku poems that appear throughout the book and are a part of the story too Just a couple of pages into the tale completely hooked me when it showed, along with Wabi Sabi, a cat named Snowball The juxtaposition of these two got a big guffaw out of me, especially given the reader has already been educated in the meaning of wabi sabi There s much educational material provided the meaning and history of wabi sabi, which is a lovely philosophy, what Haiku poems are actually the only poem that I felt didn t fit with the story very well is apparently the most famous Haiku poem ever written and I assume that s why it was included and there s Haiku in English at the end, translated from Haiku shown in Japanese characters that also appeared on many pages of the story The end result here is just lovely.


  5. says:

    Beautiful collaged images and a good introduction to haiku form and the concept of wabi sabi This book could be easily enjoyed by children across a wide age range and by adults The images take the reader along the journey with the character and complement the haiku.


  6. says:

    A book that I immediately wanted my own copy of, Wabi Sabi, written by Young of whose Lon Po Po A Red Riding Hood Story from China I have long been a fan It tells the story of an inquisitive cat who wishes to seek out the meaning of her name which is the title Presented in a highly unusual format with a nod to its Japanese origins, the book is presented so that we read from top to bottom rather than left to right and is to be read in a traditional Japanese format than a conventional picturebook Throughout her journey, Wabi Sabi encounters different creatures who tell her that explaining the concept of her name is a challenge and is hard to explain, yet with each meeting the cat or the reader is blessed with a haiku that slowly reveals the essence behind its philosophy From a narrative point of view the book s structure is also a welcome challenge and change Firstly, there is the narrative prose of the third person limited narrator who follows Wabi Sabi and tells us of her encounters then each page s narrative is closed with a haiku, written in English, that invites the reader to glimpse the truth and beauty of each encounter Fnally there is a Japanese haiku on each page which was written by Basho and Shiki of which there are translations at the end The pictures themselves are beautiful collages As Wabi Sabi looks out to us on the front page, inviting us into the story, the pages become rich in celebrating aspects of Japan from its busy cities to its peaceable bamboo gardens, all of which are presented using a range of mixed materials that reminded me so much of Jeannie Baker s work but a little inviting and intimate To find beauty in something that is simple is a wonderful concept to share with any person Wabi Sabi invites us to ponder on this meaning and, perhaps, begin to reflect on the idea that beauty can be everywhere, what is difficult is learning how to see it Much like The Alchemist, it is only when our cat returns home that she finally grasps its meaning To think that children would need to do the same would be doing them a disservice for this book is as simple as it is complex and with each re reading and return, as the reader grows, new meaning will come from its pages It deserves to be a classic.


  7. says:

    A little cat named after a complex cultural phenomenon is curious about her name and visits people and places that teach her about the concept Haiku in English and Japanese deepen our appreciation Simplicity, natural feelings, the splash of a frog, the making of tea and a range of places are met and assimilated into the cat s understanding Collage and brush painting set up some great images, and the book requires some thoughtful turning and careful inspecting to really appreciate the story and illustrations, perhaps the most arresting for me being the cat looking at her reflection in a tea bowl Altogether a lovely book but four rather than five stars for me because, although the haiku are wonderful, classics in their own right, the rhythm of the narrative the cat visits this person, then that just does seem a little heavy handed But it will be something I give for birthdays this year, for adults as well as children.


  8. says:

    For a book whose intent is to introduce a highly unexplainable Zen Tao concept, a way of life and looking at the simple things to see their beauty in life, this one actually succeeds quite nicely Ed Young s stunning paper and object collages definitely capture and enrich the telling of the tale The unusual way of opening the book flipping pages upward rather than left ward it s hard to explain also adds to the texture of the reading experience The only slight complaint I have is the inclusion of haikus merely AS DECORATIONS by Japanese poets on each spread It might not bother others, but since I can recognize the Chinese characters and know that those are NOT the translations to Reibstein s own maybe slightly less successful haikus for each scene, it created a confusion and a distraction This is when I think, is less.


  9. says:

    Gorgeous illustrations prop up an ordinary plot about a cat on a quest for information about himself, namely what his name means I m not sure I completely got what Wabi Sabi is, it came across to me as kind of a cross between the concept of simplicity, the appreciation of rustic and a little of being at home with the ordinary The closest thing I can think that we have in my culture is the concept of country in decorating, that rustic, down home, appreciation of the worn and used One of the better parts of the book was the usage of haiku throughout by the characters the little kitten meets Many of the haiku in the book were written by famous Japanese poets and there was an explanation about this in the back which I found interesting than the book itself.


  10. says:

    Wonderful mixed media illustrations and a gentle and pensive storyline that will provoke thought and discussion There is beauty in the plain, simple and natural things around us There is also a simple lesson in Japanese culture and haiku The only complaint I had was the referring of the cat s caretaker as her master.


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