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4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  860 Ratings  ·  210 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
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 really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2011 Kirsten rated it really liked it
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
Jemma Routledge
Dec 09, 2015 Jemma Routledge rated it it was amazing
The images in this book are artfully made and tell the two 'mirrored' stories beautifully. It is important to know how both cultures read books to fully understand the stories as the first time I read the Moroccan half I read the pictures as if I was reading a British book and therefore struggled to make sense of the story. however after realising this it made a lot more sense.
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.

Name two differences between the fam
Jul 05, 2016 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: mc-arab-muslim
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.
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
Brittney Finck
Dec 04, 2012 Brittney Finck rated it really liked it
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
Mar 09, 2011 Carolynne rated it it was amazing
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
Agnes U
Jun 01, 2015 Agnes U rated it liked it
Great idea for the way the book opens; insulting message of poverty and wealth distribution and people's worth of work. However, it is often the case that we buy goods which are pricey despite the fact that are made with diligence and hard work by people of different minorities and who earn themselves very little for the goods they make. Perhaps the message is intentional?
Feb 05, 2016 Zunairah rated it really liked it
This book has amazing pictures that really stand out, I loved looking carefully at the pictures. children and adults can both learn the importance of culture and how different the are.
I recommend this book for all ages.
Diana Jaber
Jul 02, 2016 Diana Jaber rated it it was amazing
oh my god when I saw this at my school library I became really excited and "jumpy" like a little girl. I haven't reacted that way in ages, well mainly because I haven't been reading as I used to now that I'm older and have been busy with other things. I just enjoyed this so much! I thought it was a new book Jeannie Baker had written - well made, but either way I loved being immersed in the pleasures of Jeannie's books just like I used to as a kid! It changed the rest of my day especially since I ...more
Jorden Foster
Jun 20, 2016 Jorden Foster rated it really liked it
**SPOILER ALERT**Mirror is a picture book, based on the lives of two boys. One lives in Morocco and the other lives in Sydney, Australia. The picture book; is designed to be read as a double page, as one side shows the Moroccan boys life, whilst simultaneously the other side shows the different life of the boy living in Australia. A Moroccan rug brings the families lives together, as we see the journey of the rug travel from Morocco to Australia. Although the book shows the difference in lives, ...more
Allison McGill
Mirror by Jeannie Baker is a realistic fiction story and is a multicultural book because it is showing how two different children living in two different countries have a daily routine. This is a primary level book because it has no words and the stories with no words are less appealing to the older children.

Text to text: I would pair this story with My Busy Day by Jill Davis because it talks about daily routines with young children. For example this book talks about what it’s like to wake up i
Dec 05, 2015 Chelsey rated it really liked it
The children’s book Mirror by Jeannie Baker is truly one of a kind; there are almost two books in one because two stories are being told about two very different cultures. The story has each page on each side of the book comparing both, they families are technically doing the same thing but the illustrations show how different of an experience that is for each representing how different the cultures are. The two stories each follow a boy and his family and shows the everyday things they do like ...more
Kristin Crockett
Title: Mirror
Author: Jeannie Baker
Illustrator: None
Genre: Wordless Picture Book
Theme(s): Tradition, Belonging, and Family
Opening line/sentence:
There are two boys and two families in this book.
Brief Book Summary:
This book is separated into two sections, one on each side of the book. On the right ride, pictures tell a story of a boy and his family that live in the city of Australia. On the left side, the boy and his family live in Morocco, North Africa. The two boys daily lives look very differe
Nov 11, 2015 Addy rated it really liked it
Jeannie Baker gives the reader two stories. One from Australia, another from North Africa. As the reader flips the pages of this wordless picture book, both parallels and differences are highlighted between these two boys and their families as they go about their day to day lives. Their worlds bleed into each other by the end, the North African family buying a computer and the Australian family buying a Moroccan carpet to gather on. Informational and entertaining, Mirror takes hold of the reader ...more
Sep 21, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
I love the concept of this book in that you have two sections one on the front cover and one on the back. One of the families lives in Australia and one in Morocco and you turn the pages together so that you can compare the different lifestyles. At first it seems that there are a huge amount of differences between them, which there are, but also when you look more closely at it you can see the similarities. Not necessarily what the people have or what they look like, but how they may feel inside ...more
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.
Heather Hilliker
Dec 09, 2014 Heather Hilliker rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 22, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
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
Oct 13, 2014 Amanda Hayes rated it really liked it
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
Jun 04, 2014 Andrew Venning rated it liked it
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
Carly Wesley
Apr 22, 2014 Carly Wesley rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 28, 2015 Holly Leendertsen rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Jordyn Agost
Apr 26, 2016 Jordyn Agost rated it really liked it
Shelves: cultural
Mirror is a very different book than most. For starters, this book is a wordless picture book. The message and story line is presented to the reader with only the illustrations. The book also had two different sides to it that mirrored each other. The right side showed the life and culture of a family living in Morocco while the left side showed the life and culture of a family living in Australia. Through the images, the reader is able to learn a lot about each nation’s culture including transp ...more
Kristen Carson
Dec 09, 2014 Kristen Carson rated it really liked it
Book Information:
The genre of this book is multicultural. The reading level is ages two and older.
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
Brooke Kelly
Feb 27, 2014 Brooke Kelly rated it liked it
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
Nov 08, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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.
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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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