Wabi Sabi



Wabi Sabi, a little cat in Kyoto, Japan, has never thought much about her name, until friends visiting from another land ask what it means.

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 is 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.


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Weight 1.3 lbs
Dimensions 11.25 × 11.25 × 0.6 in