Bibliographic information: Reibstein, M., & Young, E. (2008). Wabi Sabi. New York: Little, Brown.
Annotation: This book is about a cat who wants to know what her name means. She goes on a journey to find out, and she runs into many animals who tell her it’s hard to explain. Finally a monkey is able to explain to her that although some things are simple they are beautiful. She then understands and returns home feeling satisfied that she now has an understanding about her name.
Grade Level: 2-4
Readers who will like this book: People who are learning to see the beauty in the simple things, people who like cats, and people who are interested in finding out the meaning of their name.
Personal Response and Rating: I give this book a 5/5. I enjoyed this book it kept me engaged and wondering what was going to happen. I also like the message of finding beauty in the simple things.
Text Dependent Question: What does Wabi Sabi mean? How does Wabi Sabi feel about the answer she receives?
Award: Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. The goal of the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.