The Sound Of Silence

Picture Books | August 2, 2016

byKatrina GoldsaitoContribution byJulia Kuo

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"Do you have a favorite sound?" little Yoshio asks. The musician answers, "The most beautiful sound is the sound ofma, 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.

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"Do you have a favorite sound?" little Yoshio asks. The musician answers, "The most beautiful sound is the sound ofma, 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?J...

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,TheChristian Science Monitor, NPR, andThe Japan Times. She lives near Golden Gate Park with her husband and son, and spends her days eating a...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 8.75 × 11.38 × 0.5 inPublished:August 2, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316203378

ISBN - 13:9780316203371

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Ma" to you! A young Japanese boy, named Yoshio, with a keen sense of the busyness of his surroundings, encounters an elderly woman tuning up her koto (a stringed instrument) while on his trek to school. She plays a song for him that tickles his ears and Yoshio says, "Sensei, I love sounds, but I've never heard a sound like that!" He then asks her what her favourite sound is? To his surprise she responds... "The most beautiful sound," the koto player said, "is the sound of ma, of silence." Yoshio is enchanted by her response and off he goes to discover the source of beautiful silence. He hears the thwacking of boots on the pavement through the raindrops, the swish-swish-swish of the wind as it travels through the bamboo grove, the honking horns of the bustling traffic, the whooshing of the bullet trains, the slurping and clanking of chopsticks as the family gathers for a meal, and the movement and dripping of water as he submerges himself in his evening bath.'' but no silence! He tries to stay up long after his bedtime to catch the silence but to no avail... his eyes close from fatigue... no silence! Where oh where can silence reside? Can he actually find the dwelling place of silence? Is it a reality or just a myth? I am happy to tell you that Yoshio found his answer but it is only for him alone. The good news is that you can find your very own silence too. Shhhhhhhhh! Be still, listen intently, and it will appear to you too. Finding silence or "ma" is fast becoming a lost art in our modern-day world. With all the technology and non-stop activity around us that causes constant distraction, it is something we have to strive to find. It is important that as we zoom through our days, nights, weeks, months and yes, even years that we stop!!!!!, turn off our devices and the deafening sounds that bury us, and re-acquaint ourselves with the lovely stranger that we call silence. It resides in a glorious peaceful space. It is like an oasis, a getaway, where we can spend quality time, regroup ourselves, reflect and relax. It's very therapeutic and is excellent for your health and for your soul. "Ma" to you! I highly, highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Ma" to you! A young Japanese boy, named Yoshio, with a keen sense of the busyness of his surroundings, encounters an elderly woman tuning up her koto (a stringed instrument) while on his trek to school. She plays a song for him that tickles his ears and Yoshio says, "Sensei, I love sounds, but I've never heard a sound like that!" He then asks her what her favourite sound is? To his surprise she responds... "The most beautiful sound," the koto player said, "is the sound of ma, of silence." Yoshio is enchanted by her response and off he goes to discover the source of beautiful silence. He hears the thwacking of boots on the pavement through the raindrops, the swish-swish-swish of the wind as it travels through the bamboo grove, the honking horns of the bustling traffic, the whooshing of the bullet trains, the slurping and clanking of chopsticks as the family gathers for a meal, and the movement and dripping of water as he submerges himself in his evening bath.'' but no silence! He tries to stay up long after his bedtime to catch the silence but to no avail... his eyes close from fatigue... no silence! Where oh where can silence reside? Can he actually find the dwelling place of silence? Is it a reality or just a myth? I am happy to tell you that Yoshio found his answer but it is only for him alone. The good news is that you can find your very own silence too. Shhhhhhhhh! Be still, listen intently, and it will appear to you too. Finding silence or "ma" is fast becoming a lost art in our modern-day world. With all the technology and non-stop activity around us that causes constant distraction, it is something we have to strive to find. It is important that as we zoom through our days, nights, weeks, months and yes, even years that we stop!!!!!, turn off our devices and the deafening sounds that bury us, and re-acquaint ourselves with the lovely stranger that we call silence. It resides in a glorious peaceful space. It is like an oasis, a getaway, where we can spend quality time, regroup ourselves, reflect and relax. It's very therapeutic and is excellent for your health and for your soul. "Ma" to you! I highly, highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-10-04

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"Debut author Goldsaito's final passages about ma successfully illuminate the term and could be used to teach children to meditate...."-Publishers Weekly