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The Sound of Silence

By Katrina Goldsaito
Illustrated by Julia Kuo

  • Hardback
  • £13.99

Wabi Sabi meets The Quiet Book in this story of a Japanese boy who tries to hear the sound of silence in bustling Tokyo.

Yoshio thinks Tokyo sounds like a symphony hall! He delights in everyday sounds--shoes squishing through puddles, raindrops pattering down, and lots of giggles! But one day he meets a musician who tells Yoshio that her favorite sound is ma, the Japanese word for the sound of silence. Yoshio must hear this! But how can he find it amid the hustle and bustle of the city?

In the vein of Wabi Sabi, this book explains a sophisticated Japanese concept in a child-friendly way.

Biographical Notes

Katrina Goldsaito (Author)
Katrina Goldsaito's favorite sound is the sound of bare feet on tatami mats. In Tokyo, she worked as an on-camera TV journalist and producer for NHK-World, and has written for National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, and The Japan Times. She lives near Golden Gate Park with her husband and son, and spends her days eating avocados and working on her first YA novel.

Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
Julia Kuo's favorite sound is kuk-kuk-kuk (the sound an angry squirrel makes). She is the illustrator of Go, Little Green Truck and has created illustrations for American Greetings, the Cleveland Public Library, The New York Times, and Capitol Records, among many others. She works from Chicago for most of the year, and from Taipei over the winter.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780316203371
  • Publication date: 25 Aug 2016
  • Page count: 40
  • Imprint: Little, Brown Young Readers US
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