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Mirror

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  666 ratings  ·  184 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published August 1st 2010)
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Lisa Vegan
Dec 12, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Jeannie Baker’s work and cross cultural stories and wordless picture books
The collage illustrations in this book are amazing. The textures make everything look so real. And it’s the pictures that tell the story as this is a virtually wordless picture book.

These two intersecting stories are not exactly mirrors of each other so I don’t know that it’s got an ideal title, though the author’s note at the end does explain it, and I enjoyed seeing the inhabitants and scenery in the two settings: the Valley of Roses in southern Morocco and Sydney, Australia, the latter being
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Kirsten
It's testament to this book that I forked out $40 for it (caught at a weak moment at some great south coast local bookstores). But I'm glad I did because the pictures and the message are fantastic. Something I'm confident I'll want to come back to and share with others.

The book follows a day in the life of a family in Sydney and a family in Morocco. When you open the book, two inner books sit side by side, one opening left to right (the Sydney story), and one opening right to left (the Morocco
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
In this unique book, the story of a family in Australia is paralleled with a family in Morocco using side-by-side open-out texts, the story entirely told in Baker's unique artwork. Her collages are fascinating in their detail, and I found myself wondering at times, how she created this or that effect. Fortunately, there is a note at the end on the materials she used, and a photo that shows the actual size of these pictures--all the more amazing, given their intricate details. The pictures follow ...more
Brianna Deines
1.Text to world connection- Since this book has two stories about different places/cultures that relate to real world events I think text to world connection would be accurate.

2. Mirror does a nice job offering multiple perspectives and values for different cultures. The story is told side by side for one family in Australia and one family in North Africa. Throughout the story each culture is compared showing the different perspectives offered.

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-Remembering
Name two differences between the fam
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Brittney Finck
It’s fair to say that Jeannie Baker went way beyond any criteria requirement with her story of two cultures, Mirror. The quality is unbelievable until you pick up the book and check it out for yourself. You will truly be amazed, as was I, and that is why I believe Mirror by Jeannie Baker would be a great candidate for the Honor award in the Notable Books for a Global Society category. There are many reasons that Baker deserves this award and as soon as the book is open the reader will understand ...more
Carolynne
Mar 09, 2011 Carolynne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Malinda, Katherine, Abigail, Library Lady, Martha, Holly, Tina, Bryan, Teresa
Jeannie Baker has done it again! Like _Window_, a beautifully crafted wordless picture book that packs a wallop! In this book two families, one in Australia and one in the Moroccan desert, go about their everyday business, eating breakfast, traveling, parking, going to the market, buying something special which is poignantly used in the final frames. Pictures that cleverly fold out from each side eloquently reveal the external differences and inner parallels that constitute their lives. And in t ...more
Laura
This book attempts to compare life in Australia with life in Morocco. Unfortunately, the author doesn't compare similar economic groups between the two cultures, thus not rendering an equivalent comparison. Also, the weaving of the carpet made by the Moroccan family ending up in the Australian home as a 'magic carpet' seems very inappropriate and culturally insensitive.
Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar
This story compares the life of people living in two different countries and with different cultures. One side of the book is Sydney, Australia and the other side is southern Morocco. The book compares how the two eat, transport, and work every single day.
This book is my favorite book I have read all year. It has no writing, but through the illustrations you can see what the author wants the reader to know. She put the pictures of each location next to each other so you can compare them easily.
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Heather Hilliker
The name of this book really fits the story. Since this book is about two families from two cultural backgrounds, one from Australia and one from Morocco, the title Mirror fits very well. The audience reads both stories in a side by side format so they can see the differences and similarities between the two families. In the beginning of the book on one side of the book is written in English and the other is written in the language that the family from Morocco would speak. Then, the whole book i ...more
Andrea
This story as well, uses no text the whole story is told through illustrations. The illustrations portray the lives of two boys and their families. One family lives in Australia and the other in Morocco, North Africa. The lives of the two boys from far can look very different from each other, but if you look more closely you will see that they have many things in common. Even though they are in different settings, both boys have similar tasks, they both get up in the morning have breakfast with ...more
Amanda Hayes
This entirely original book is a strong contender to bring to a desert island, especially as it is two books in one. Open the “books” simultaneously, in English from left to right and in Arabic from right to left. Scan the pictures and compare family life and global interdependence as the panorama of urban and rural scenes from two very different countries unfolds. Wordless, except for an introduction and an illustrator’s afterword in English and Arabic, the pictures allow readers to meet an Aus ...more
Andrew Venning
Mirror is a wordless picture book that tells the story of two different families separated by thousands of miles. One family lives in Australia and the other lives in Morocco. The book shows the differences in the two families lives through pictures of their everyday experiences.

I enjoy this book and found it really interesting, I think it be really useful to expand upon this and have a series of similar books illustrating lots of different cultures and families from across the world.

I think thi
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Carly Wesley
This book shows two families side by side, one from Australia and from Morocco, North Africa. This is designed to be read side by side and see the differences and similarities to the families depicted. In the beginning it explains the point of the book in English and in the language that the other family would speak and write in. As you turn the pages the two parallel photos show bedtime then waking depictions of both families, including prayer. As you read on you see the differences from a traf ...more
Elissa Still
Mirror follows two separate families from Australia and Morocco throughout a day and highlights the similarities between the two routines even though they are culturally diverse. The main attraction within this book though is that it is wordless and the two stories fold out opposite of each other like a mirror. The bright and colorful collages will capture the imagination of any age and will leave the reader contemplating on their life may not be so different from others after all. The reading l ...more
Holly Leendertsen
Mirror by Jeanine Baker follows the lives of a boy in Australia and a boy in Morocco. This story highlights their difference and their similarities. The boy in Australia is growing up in a big city, with a car as their primary mode of transportation. The boy in Morocco lives in the desert, and uses a camel as their mode of transportation. The two boys end up sharing a carpet. This story is extremely eye opening, and compares two different cultures. On the outside, the cultures look completely di ...more
Kristen Carson
Book Information:
The genre of this book is multicultural. The reading level is ages two and older.
Summary:
The name of this book really fits the story. Since this book is about two families, one from Australia and one from Morocco, the title Mirror fits very well. The reader reads both stories side by side so they can see the differences and similarities between the two families. In the beginning of the book on one side of the book is written in English and the other is written in the language th
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Brooke Kelly
Mirror is a unique wordless book that contains two stories you read simultaneously. The stories are about two different families; one family lives in Australia and the other lives in Morocco. The stories depict a typical day in the family’s lives (i.e. shopping, sharing a meal, etc.). Their lives are very different yet some things are similar for all families.

Text-to-Self: After reading this book, I thought about a family from my church that housed an exchange student. Her life at home was very
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Kathryn
I think I liked the idea and the set-up more than the actual artwork and story portrayed, but it is a great idea and a very cool set-up, so it's definitely worth checking out :-) Also, I'm not sure I've encountered any books told with Arabic and English (as I have seen with some Spanish-and-English side-by-side books) so that makes this a great addition to multilingual homes and schools.
Maddie Sharp
This book is not your typical children's book. It is completely wordless. In this unique story, a family in Australia is co-extended with a family in Morocco. The pictures follow the lives of two boys and their surroundings which makes it fun to explore both of their worlds. The clever thing about his whole concept is that the lives of these two boys, unperceived by them, are colliding. This book would be great to have in my future classroom because it will get students thinking of the many simi ...more
Joseph Shea
The book shows pictures of different lifestyles between the American culture and the Arabic or Middle-Eastern type of culture. The book shows different occupations on what each culture such as farming or showing family traditions. It basically reflects on the cultures of other people and describes on what they do that makes their culture unique. The book also shows different types of languages such as the English language on one side of the book and the other in the Arabic language. I would defi ...more
Jordan
Mirror by Jeannie Baker is a very unique story told in a very unconventional way. As the reader opens the book there are two sets of images on each side panel. Each set of images flips out from the gutter. The first page tells you to read both sides of the books simultaneously. Each side of the book tells the story of a different family. The two families are from two distinctly different parts of the world: Australia and Morocco. The images in this wordless picture book show similar families are ...more
Klaudia Maniakowska
I really enjoyed the idea of mirroring, where each side reflects a boy from a different culture. I believe that the book was intended to help fight racism and prejudices, because despite many differences, all people are the same. But the book is, in fact, unauthentic. I do not like the idea of romanticizing stories meant to be children’s first windows to see something different from themselves. That is to say, such a representation is unreal, because the probability that the family of the Austra ...more
Amara Reitz
Mirror by Jeannie Baker is the story of two young boys and their families. Both boys appear to be the same age however, because they live in completely different parts of the world, they lead very different lives with the exception of a few traits. Following both children through one day using only pictures, Mirror depicts the differences that distance creates as well as emphasizes the similarities that being a human, sustains. Two Cultures, Two stories, and one world are the main themes behind ...more
Jennifer Varela
As I flipped through the pages of this book, I realized I was experiencing my first wordless picture book. In this unique story, a family in Australia is coextended with a family in Morocco. The images follow the lives of two different boys and their surroundings which makes it fun to explore both of their worlds. The clever thing about his whole concept is that the lives of these two boys, unperceived by them, are colliding. This book would be great to have in my future classroom because it wil ...more
Xin Luan
This book use a special way to tell readers story happen in two parallel families, one is in a Western city and one is in a North African village. Two languages in this book attract readers who are interested in foreign language. Through the pictures of this book, we know the day life of two different families. Comparing life in Australia with life in Morocco, there is a huge gap between their living conditions.
Through Discussing about what differences between two families, teachers guide stude
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Angela
i listed this as a children's book rather than an adult picture book because although the text and concept is principly an adult concept (comparative cultures), it was too confusing to jump from one continent to another (Australia to Mid-East) for a memory care audience. It is also a wordless book and they need the context of text to add comments of their own. It is, however, a wonderful lap book to discuss at length with any age child; for very young children it is a point-book (find the rug, d ...more
Ashlynn Pope

right boy morocco
Mirror is a beautiful children book that is about two boys. One lives in Sydney, Australia while the other lives in Morocco.The nook is played out with opening on both left and right side with each place showing the culture of each boys life and how it is different everywhere you go. Jeannie did an amazing job with the artwork and making it mean so much more than words can do for a reader. I would definite recommend this book to children because it is a great way to show them t
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Shannon Jacob
Baker, J. (2010). Mirror. Somerville: Candlewick.

Starred Review - School Library Journal

Wordless Book

I love this books thanks to the author's use of beautiful illustrations that incorporate vivid colors and interesting details to tell a story without the use of words. This book showcases the cultural differences in Morocco and Sydney. The pictures show the differences between the morning and evening rituals, landscapes, home life, etc. of people living in these diverse cultures. This would be a
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Brittany Cronin
Mirror by Jeannie Baker is a wordless picture book about two families in two different cultures, who essentially complete the same tasks every day in their daily lives. Their lives mirror each other. On each side of the page you see illustrations of each country and each family. I have never seen a picture book like this one before. Over a two-page spread, each page side holds the story of one of the cultures. On the right, the story of a boy and his family in Australia, on the left, a story of ...more
Sam Bloom
Remarkable. If you have a chance, pick this book up and read it slowly so you can savor the details in the illustrations.
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