When you head to the library or bookstore this weekend, keep an eye out for The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito and illustrated by Julia Kuo.
In The Sound of Silence a young boy, Yoshio, embraces the sounds of a rainy day walk to school in Tokyo. Then he hears an unusual sound that stops him in his splashing and giggling. He approaches the koto player making the sounds and asks her what her favorite sound is. She answers, “the sound of ma, of silence.” And so begins Yoshio’s quest to find silence. Author Katrina Goldsaito takes readers through all the sounds of his day and still silence eludes him.
In the afterword Goldsaito explains that “The Japanese concept of ma is the silence between sounds.” This is the sound Yoshio discovers and delights in as the story unfolds. A delightful story about an idea not many children readily explore: silence. And in the end readers can discuss what their favorite sound is and where they might find silence. An auditory treasure hunt!
Loved the simplicity of the quest and the illustrations depicting the daily life of a boy in Tokyo.