The Sound of Silence
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The Sound of Silence

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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.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 228 x 289 x 12mm | 410g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrated throughout
  • 0316203378
  • 9780316203371
  • 8,944

About Katrina Goldsaito

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.show more

Review quote

"Goldsaito's gentle prose and Julia Kuo's vivid woodblock-style illustrations...beckon the reader into Yoshio's world of sound...So intent is his listening that the moment when Yoshio finds that he can hear the silence feels like a treasure--or a perfect note." The Washington Post"show more

Review Text

"One of my absolute favorite books of the year, I'll tell anyone who will listen that The Sound of Silence is like a dharma talk led by Christopher Robin. Which is about as high a compliment as I can give."- The Huffington Postshow more