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Format: Hardback, 48 pages
Other Information: chiefly Illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 2010
Two diverse countries and cultures are linked with warmth and charm in this two-in-one picture book. This innovative picture book comprises two stories designed to be read simultaneously - one from the left, the other from the right. Page by page, we experience the lives of two little boys - one from an urban family in Sydney, Australia, the other from Morocco. From busy motorways to desert landscapes, these worlds couldn't be further apart. Yet with the journey of a homemade Moroccan carpet into the Australian boy's home, we can see how these separate lives become intertwined. At the book's conclusion, the family in Sydney can be seen enjoying their new purchase together while the Moroccan family are surfing the internet. A powerful book, "Mirror" illustrates how our lives reflect each other and that we are all, even in some small way, connected. It features innovative dual-book format, effectively communicating the way people's experiences and values are shared, despite geographical and cultural differences. The essential story is conveyed wordlessly, while the short introduction and author's note appear in both English and Arabic. There is a keystone in the vital bridge across the East-West gap.

About the Author

Jeannie Baker is the author and illustrator of a number of children's picture books, including the award-winning Where the Forest Meets the Sea and the critically acclaimed dual language picture book Mirror. Her characteristic use of mixed media to create detailed and elaborate collages is stunning and unique. Originally from the UK, Jeannie lives in Australia. Find Jeannie online at www.jeanniebaker.com.


PreS-Gr 4-Baker binds two books into one, allowing readers to simultaneously open stories comparing Australian and Moroccan cultures. In each, father and son journey to a type of market-one family travels by van, the other by camel. Collage constructions feature the handwoven Moroccan carpet that connects the two families. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Opening this expertly designed picture book reveals two parallel wordless tales: one to be read left to right, the other right to left. The stories follow a day in the family life of two boys, who live in urban Australia and the Valley of Roses in southern Morocco, respectively, as Baker explains in an afterword, written in English and Arabic. In layered, three-dimensional collages, Baker shows the differences between the families (traveling to an open-air market by donkey versus a trip to a hardware megastore in a CitroIn), but it is the underlying commonalities-helping parents, doing chores, caring for pets, sharing meals-that will resonate most. Ages 5-7. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

An engaging and educational picture book...spectacularly detailed. * Bookseller Buyer's Guide * ...a fascinating, engaging and educational picture book exploring the themes of culture and identity. -- Jeannie Baker * Bookseller * Stunning! How else to describe Jeannie Baker's astonishing new picture book Mirror. -- Marilyn Brocklehurst * Bookseller * ...this is an important book about diversity that makes a lasting impression. -- Jake Hope * Bookseller * A life-affirming work. * The Bookseller * Mirror is the seasons most remarkable book...original and brilliantly executed. -- Kate Kellaway * The Observer * Featured/recommended * The Boston Globe * Uses the mirror metaphor to wordlessly explore our actions * Early Years Educator * This is a book which demands to be shared and discussed. * Books for Keeps *

EAN: 9781406309140
ISBN: 1406309141
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Dimensions: 25.7 x 27.5 x 1 centimeters (0.41 kg)
Age Range: 2-4 years
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Pauline Shirrefs on
This is a visually beautiful book. The pictures are lovely. There is no script, but it is a pictorial depiction of a Western family and of a Middle Eastern family, and portrays the similarities and some differences between the cultures. It wasn't suitable for the child I bought it for, and I gave it to the local library. They were very pleased.
Jenni Tahir on
A beautiful book where the pictures really do tell the story - we loved the english and arabic introductions (being a mixed race household)..
A beautiful book to share with your children about other families living on the other side of the world are not so different from them...
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Jenni Tahir on
A beautifully illustrated book, that shows life of two families from opposite sides of the world - one in Australia and the other in Morroco.. a gorgeous book that lets the pictures tell the story that although we can live worlds apart in many ways we are the same with the same values - i just love having this book in my childrens bookcase
Rahul Sood on
An urban household in Australia wakes up to a new day and gets ready for the usual activities of work and play. A different rural household in Morocco, a country in northern Africa, also engages in their daily rituals to get ready for the new day. The activities of both families involve traveling to work, buying and selling items in the marketplace, and relaxing together at night. But the settings in which these activities occur differ markedly, with a car-ride through congested highways to reach the hardware superstore in Australia, and a donkey-ride through the barren landscape to reach the distant outdoor market in Morocco.

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