Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wabi Sabi, by Mark Reibstein

Illustrated by Ed Young.

Abstract: 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.

Little, Brown, 2008.


Anonymous said...

Jamie at TUFW: This book is beautifully designed and it opens vertically which gives it a different look. The text is easy to read and it gives meaning to a word that I am sure few have heard. The illistrations are by far the best. Created out of a myriad of materials, I think this book could be a winner.

Holly B said...

This book was...interesting. It was by far different from any other children's book I have read. The book reads vertically which makes it unique from other books. The illustrations have an earthy and hand-made look to them which is what distinguishes this book from others. I am not sure if I am a fan of the illustrations necessarily, but it does make you remember the book.

The story itself was hard to understand at first. It is deep and thought provoking. A good resource to challenge certain groups of children for sure.

Michael said...

I loved all of the different textures that made up the pictures. They made everything feel alive. I don't really feel like these pictures tell the story. I spent more time trying to figure out the pictures than enjoying them.

Jessica said...

I loved how the pictures of this book captured so many textures. I felt like I wanted to reach out and touch them for what they would really feel like. I really like the layout and format as well. It was fun to open up a book with a different view. I felt like I was reading a notebook from a portfolio pad.

Anonymous said...

It was definitely an "interesting" book. I don't think you can just read through it. You really have to take your time and read the words. The pictures were very uniquely done, but I don't really think they helped to tell the story.