Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein

This book filled with amazing illustrations and Japanese haiku falls nothing short of the meaning of its title, finding beauty and harmony in what is simple. The simple tale of a cat name Wabi Sabi and the search of what his name truly means leads to the appreciation of the natural beauty in the things around you. First off just the way you read this book is unique! Instead of reading and opening this book horizontally, you open it vertically, which really inhanses the illustrations. On the page in different locations are Japanese haiku, whose meanings are revealed in English in the back of the book. The illustrations are beautiful collages that stand out on a simple background. The aspect of nature is truelly utalized in this story. I think this would be an great story to read to older ages because the concept of Wabi Sabi is kind of hard to grasp at a younger age. Teachers could also tie this story into a poetry unit.

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