Mirror by Jeannie Baker

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An innovative, two-in-one picture book follows a parallel day in the life of two families: one in a Western city and one in a North African village.

Somewhere in Sydney, Australia, a boy and his family wake up, eat breakfast, and head out for a busy day of shopping. Meanwhile, in a small village in Morocco, a boy and his family go through their own morning routines and set out to a bustling market. In this ingenious, wordless picture book, readers are invited to compare, page by page, the activities and surroundings of children in two different cultures. Their lives may at first seem quite unalike, but a closer look reveals that there are many things, some unexpected, that connect them as well. Designed to be read side by side — one from the left and the other from the right —these intriguing stories are told entirely through richly detailed collage illustrations.

About Jeannie Baker

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Jeannie Baker was born in England and moved to Australia. She studied art and design in England. Her illustrations have appeared in various publications including Nova, The London Times, and The Sunday Times. She is the author of Home in the Sky, an ALA Notable Book, and of several picture books published in England, including One Hungry Spider and Millicent. Since 1972, Ms. Baker has worked on "collage constructions," many of which are designed to illustrate picture books but stand individually as works of art. They have been displayed in galleries in Australia and England as well as by Forum Gallery in New York City.
Published November 1, 2010 by Walker Books Ltd. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books.

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Wordless, except for an introduction and an illustrator’s afterword in English and Arabic, the pictures allow readers to meet an Australian boy and a Moroccan boy whose lives become interconnected.

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The Australian pages flip right to left, the Moroccan pages left to right.

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We really need to celebrate these differences and diversities while we can.” Mirror’s delightful mix of textures and colors is rendered tactile and alive in the photographs, eliciting playful interaction from young children.

Nov 15 2010 | Read Full Review of Mirror

Suite 101

The article describes how colour can be used as a means of revealing hidden patterns within text - such as the works of Shakespeare.

Aug 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Mirror

Chicago Tribune

The Moroccan boy and his father arise, eat with several generations of family, and head to a bazaar, their donkey laden with marketable items.

Dec 04 2010 | Read Full Review of Mirror

Fancy Goods

In a time when the portrayal of Muslim people by Western media often provokes fear, this book attempts to break the xenophobia by showing children that they don’t need to be afraid of people who are different to them, and that, actually, we are all very much the same.

Mar 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Mirror

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