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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  1,046 ratings  ·  93 reviews
"The effect human beings have on the landscape around them is the theme of Baker's most recent tour de force....The artist's multimedia collage constructions are, as ever, fascinating in their realistic detail and powerfully convey the dramatic message.."--Horn Book.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 26th 1991 by Greenwillow Books
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Steven Farmer
I really liked this book and would definitely recommend it for children of all ages. The book consists of a series of pictures of a landscape, framed by a bedroom window. The bedroom belongs to a boy, and as he grows older you see how the landscape changes. Beginning as a rural, unspoiled setting, the view gradually transforms into an urban, built up environment.

The illustrations are brilliant, and have a physical depth to them, that makes them seem almost raised from the page, as if in 3D.

An in
Lisa Vegan
I just finished reading Baker’s book Home which I found uplifting. This book I found quite depressing. I am a city person but the humans overrunning these two landscapes I did not find appealing.

This is the almost wordless story of a boy growing up in the country that becomes a much more populated area, has a baby of his own, back in another area that’s undeveloped, yet with development slated to soon start. As with Home, Bake uses specific age birthday cards and other objects and kids’ growth w
I personally like Home better than this wordless picture book since it is more hopeful. Of course on the other hand Window definitely realistically portrays what is happening with cities and the countryside.

Baker's collages are extremely complex and even a bit freaky looking. I can't imagine how much time it takes for her to create a book like this. I read a little about her process and some of the books take years. She even uses real plant matter!!!
Alice Reedy
The most important children’s books combine entertainment and enjoyability with a more meaningful message; educating children not only in terms of literacy, but about the world around them.

Window by Jeannie Baker is a picture book; its illustrations present the reader with the story of a boy and the view from his bedroom window of the landscape below. As he grows up, the area he observes gradually develops from a lush, rural wilderness to a highly urbanised scene. The message is clear: humans ar
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What fascinated me about the book were the illustrations, which are done in 3-D collages. A boy looks out a window at the same scene over time, and we see the changes that take place in the landscape. Jeannie Baker is a master at this type of illustration.
The summary really says it all. This is a picture only book that shows how the times change. And not always for the better. The lesson hits home, especially when the grafiit goes up, all the trees are gone, etc. but a bit unrealistic for many place to go the lonely country side to a major city in so few years. But it gets the point across. Would have worked better I think if we watched from being a baby to a older grandpa who maybe moves with is grown children into the countryside once more. I l ...more
Simone Lavinier
The author did a great job in raising environmental issues such as: deforestation concerns, animal extinctions and pollution, all by means of pictures. The illustrations were used to take the reader on a journey from when a family moved into a rural area overlooking a forest to now overlooking many more houses, cars, industrial sites, factories and much more. It showed how the world once was it comparison to what we are familiar with in present day. Each page is similar to the prior, but with so ...more
Rosa Mitchell
A wordless picture book that show the encroachment of urbanisation on the countryside and how people can work to remediate the damage it causes.

I would strongly recommend any teacher to use this in their teaching, I did so alongside 'Belonging' and the children loved it, we got so much cross-curricular work out of it and without any words - it was amazing to see the different opinions and interpretations the children and other adults had.
Nazia Ahmed
Window by Jeannie Baker

ISBN 978-0-7445-9486-7 Published by Walker Books 2002

‘Window’ is a spectacular picture book. The illustrations in this book are truly mind blowing and have such intricate detail. It is amazing to see how much emotion is shown without actually using any words whatsoever. It delivers an important message very beautifully.

‘Window’ is a story about changes in the environment that are shown through the eyes of a boy who is looking out of the ‘window’. Each time I went through t
Ruth Bonetti
This is one of those books that simply cannot be given to Lifeline when the bookshelves start to collapse under the weight. It's one that will be kept for grandchildren, or perhaps even adult children will reach for it again. It brings back warm memories of bedtime cuddles and stories. The collage illustrations are beautiful, in a classic example of 'show don't tell.' They show the passage of time, and how development changes a rural landscape from pristine beauty to suburbia. This exquisite boo ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2011
This is a similar book to Home by Jeannie Baker. They are both wordless books, and feature gorgeous collage illustrations. The biggest difference is that while Home depicts a bad neighborhood becoming fresh and green and revitalized, this book depicts a pristine wooded area becoming a city and becoming filled with people, cars, and buildings. We liked both books, but Home is our favorite.
I love the Australian fascination for place. This is a lovingly designed book about the changes that take place in the view out of the window of a house. I used to be fascinated with taking pictures out of windows, and this speaks to that fascination.

The art work for this book is outstanding. Each page is a collage with an incredible amount of detail. It is a book to be poured over, not read aloud.

The major detraction for me, is that it isn't MY place. I know it is irrational to complain about
Madison Snow
Window by Jeannie Baker is a wordless book that explores the increasing rate of change in our world. The cover shows a landscape unharmed but the effects of change. There are trees, wood house, and mountains that go off the page. The story begins with a mother holding her newborn child looking out the window to her untouched backyard. The backyard was wild and had no fence. Also, in the backyard was a shed. As the story continues, birthdays for the child come and go and the backyard begins to ch ...more
Niall Hannan
Jeannie Baker takes the reader on a 24 year journey through the “Window” in a boys life, which visually captures both the geographical changes occurring outside, as well as in the boys life as he grows from a child into a man. As each page is turned two years goes by in which a great deal of changes occur to the environment outside his home. For better or for worse?

The book could be used to generate various discussions in a classroom including exploring the different environments in which we al
Matt Griffiths
Excellent book. I Used this book for a scheme of work around the theme of urbanization. It's really good for any ks2 class. Offers a thought provoking insight into population density and the effects of a growing population. offers plenty of opportunity for pupils to discuss what they feel about the way the world is changing around them. Also very good for any potential Geography or P4C lesson. The story begins with a new family moving into a house in a very rural town. As the family get older an ...more
I thought it was kind of fun looking at the pictures like one of those "Spot the differences" games. I'd look at a picture and wonder when the trees on that hill back there went away, or when that house was built, or when the little shack disappeared. Then I'd have to flip back through the pages and see. Conversely, sometimes I'd look very closely at one picture, then turn the page, then study that one to see if I could find the differences just between the two pages. I'd think that could make f ...more
Matt Griffiths
Thought provoking book which allows pupils to discuss themes about urbanisation and our environment.

The book revolves around a young family who have recently moved into a new house on the edge of a small rural town. The view on every page remains exactly the same, however, you witness what happens to the the town and the family over a long period. It chronicles the family as they get older have children and finishes as the children grow older and eventually move out.

beautifully illustrated, yo
Upon opening this little book, I was stunned by the intricacy of the photo collages. Her use of fabrics and other household items, natural items like reeds and grasses was surprising and lovely. It's like art on every page. I read the end of the book to find she is deeply aware of the environment and our encroachment on forests and animal habitats. This book can open up a conversation for children about our impact upon our surroundings. I enjoyed this book and agree with other reviewers that it ...more
Anne Hamilton
A wordless book. Lovely, but it only demonstrates to me how much I connect with words, rather than pictures.
Abdul Haleem
This is a picture book that can have various interpretations. The book is illustrations of how a child's town transforms from something that looked like a rural setting to a modern urban setting packed with skyscrapers. As you turn each page the the illustrations shows the child growing aswell as his hometown transforming.

I think this book will be fantastic to use in Geography, this will enable pupils to see how a rural town has transformed over the years. This will enable them to personalise th
Mckenzie Marcinek
This is a beautiful book that shows the growth of a little boy and his neighborhood from the view of his bedroom window. The opening of the book is a picture of a mother holding her baby looking out the window at their farm from there on you see the boy and others out in the yard and as the book goes on the landscape goes from rural to urban. The illustrations are wonderful and there is so much to watch on the pages as you flip through the book! This would be a great book for all ages to teach a ...more
Loved this book so much as a kid. I would "read" it over and over. <3
Reily Riemersma
This book is all about the effect that we as humans have on this earth. We don't realize it but we have a huge impact on our planet. or maybe we do realize it and realize what we are doing but we just don't care. which is sad because this is the place we live.

To be honest I have never been much of an envirmental lover myself. for example I don't recycle all the time. I do it when I can or when its there but I do not go out of my way to do it. Which I should start doing more because pretty soon w
Felicia Fisher
I chose this book as my second wordless book. This book shows pictures out of a window from when a little boy is a baby, to when the little boy is an adult.

text to self: This book is about saving the wildlife we have. I know that

text to text: There are many books about saving the forest and wildlife around the world.

Text to world: The world needs people to help save the environment. Since I was a child, I have seen more houses and business pop up in spaces that used to be grass fields and fores
Kristin Carney
Basically for wordless books you make up your own story to the pictures that are given to you. In this book you are looking out the window the whole time from when the child is young until the child is all grown up and moves to another house. You see seasons change along with the backyard with construction of a city behind the backyard. I loved how this book made me want to appreciate the present because life goes by so quickly. The illustrations were really good and very detailed. Overall was a ...more
Kristin Carney
Basically for wordless books you make up your own story to the pictures that are given to you. In this book you are looking out the window the whole time from when the child is young until the child is all grown up and moves to another house. You see seasons change along with the backyard with construction of a city behind the backyard. I loved how this book made me want to appreciate the present because life goes by so quickly. The illustrations were really good and very detailed. Overall was a ...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
While Home focuses on urban renewal - this book examines the transformation from relative wilderness to a major town.

Kids will love searching for clues as to how old Sam is, and noticing all the changes that occur through the years.

I found the "Author's Note" to be preachy and unhelpful. "The facts are alarming. Scientists estimate that ... by 2020 no wilderness will remain ... By the same year, they estimate a quarter of our plant and animal species will be extinct." I don't want to niggle with
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The stories illustrated how quickly the environment can change around us, it also illustrates how people have different ideas and opinions of the environment. The book has a strong subject with a logical sequence of events.
If there was text in the book it would be a story that is anchored together by talk of the environment, this book could be used in a lesson as a basis of discussion to discuss issues about the environment. Some questions that could be raised could be ‘what benef
Window by Jeannie Baker is a mostly wordless look at how humans continue to "develop' remaining wild lands at an alarming rate.

Baker's photographs of her collage illustrations focus on a natural Australian landscape, framed by a bedroom window, that changes over the years to become all houses and city. The collages create an almost 3D effect. My favorite images are cover, baby's view, outhouse, Superman, horse, rain, cat man, moving, and new house.

The illustrations are indeed the highlight of t
Jeannie Baker

This picture book shows the rapid change of the environment due to industrialisation in the last century and how humans have had a large effect on the landscape. The book shows the change of the view from one window during one boy's lifetime. The view from the window gradually depicts peaceful countryside changing with the introduction of roads, cars, electricity, housing estates etc. The book ends showing the boy move away from the view of the original window to share peacef
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Jeannie Baker is the author-illustrator of a number of children’s picture books, including the critically celebrated Mirror and the award-winning Where the Forest Meets the Sea. Born in England, she now lives in Australia.
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