by Katrina Goldsaito
Illustrated by Julia Kuo
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
August 2, 2016
“Do you have a favorite sound?” little Yoshio asks. The musician answers, “The most beautiful sound is the sound of ma, of silence.”
But Yoshio lives in Tokyo, Japan: a giant, noisy, busy city. He hears shoes squishing through puddles, trains whooshing, cars beeping, and families laughing. Tokyo is like a symphony hall!
Where is silence?
Join Yoshio on his journey through the hustle and bustle of the city to find the most beautiful sound of all.
“Kuo draws with an architect’s precise line, alternating gallery-worthy spreads of Tokyo’s crowds and buildings with domestic scenes of Yoshio and his family. Debut author Goldsaito’s final passages about ma successfully illuminate the term and could be used to teach children to meditate, the way Goldsaito’s father taught her, as she explains in an afterword.” -Publisher’s Weekly
“An inviting tale that will stretch inquisitive and observant young minds–and may even lead children to a greater appreciation of that golden commodity, silence.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This book will be especially welcome in settings that teach yoga and mindfulness, but its message and striking art will be appreciated anywhere the din of daily life can overwhelm.”―School Library Journal, starred review
“The language in this picture book evokes the cacophony of sounds a person hears throughout daily life and the beautifully drawn images show where these sounds come from.”―School Library Connection, starred review
“Whether or not young audiences understand the lovely (but somewhat enigmatic) Zen lesson about silence, they will certainly grasp Yoshio’s love for Tokyo’s ‘stream of sounds’.”―Horn Book
“Yoshio’s journey, rendered in pen and digital color, beautifully captures the bustle of Tokyo on a rainy day….Easily distinguished by his bright yellow umbrella and rain boots, [Yoshio] darts energetically from page to page.”―Booklist
“The meditative pleasures of the book deepen with the thoughtful, dramatic compositions and bright colors of Kuo’s illustrations, which convey a sense of the sounds through the pictures.” —Boston Globe
“Julia Kuo (Go, Little Green Truck) captures the sights of bustling Tokyo with clean, precise lines, fascinating details and a rich autumnal color palette. The Sound of Silence calls attention to the “symphony hall” of sounds that surround us every day, and the silent spaces in between them.” —Shelf Awareness
“Goldsaito’s lyrical writing, part ballad and part haiku, and Kuo’s illustrations, midway between manga and Chris Ware yet thoroughly original, carry the story with effortless poetic enchantment.” –BrainPickings