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4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  928 Ratings  ·  226 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
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
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.
Jun 01, 2014 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.
Beth Mitchell
Sep 27, 2016 Beth Mitchell rated it it was amazing
I have always loved this book, as a child and an adult. I remember reading this a few years ago and being fascinated by the imagery and pictures that allowed you to compare the two places, Australia and Africa, so brilliantly. From an adults perspective, I can now see how beneficial Jeannie Baker's work would be in the classroom, exploring different cultures, values and geographical aspects of different places all around the world.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Sam Bloom
Feb 14, 2011 Sam Bloom rated it it was amazing
Remarkable. If you have a chance, pick this book up and read it slowly so you can savor the details in the illustrations.
Jessica Elliott
great book. Beautiful.
Aug 04, 2011 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-book
This book is a great book
The artwork and layout of this book are fantastic.
Aug 04, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
While I like the concept, I didn't think the mirroring aspect of the story worked all that well. However, the design and collage style artwork was lovely. My son was repeatedly stroking the pages, especially on the Moroccan side. When asked, he felt the Moroccan side was the best and hoped that when we move to Australia it looks just like that. Erm... Didn't have the heart to correct him.
Nov 07, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it
A wordless picture book that can be used to compare and contrast life in western and eastern cultures. It shows that although people are different, they still have things that connect them to humanity. The use of collages was interesting. It isn't much of a story, but will be good to use is PSHE.
Sammy Kaur
Nov 07, 2016 Sammy Kaur rated it it was amazing
This book would be great to use not only to compare differences but to also open discussions about different cultures
Nov 07, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
This was a really cleverly written book. comparing two cultures in time with one another.
Louise Inglott
Nov 07, 2016 Louise Inglott rated it it was amazing
Loved the comparison between two cultures through illustration, very cleverly done!
Oct 31, 2016 Garren rated it it was ok
Interesting cross-cultural pictures.
Christy McLaughlin
Mirror is a very unique book told from two points of view. Each from a boy on opposite sides of the world. Words would not do the book justice as is it mainly pictures shown from the life of each boy. The book itself is split into two, yet brought together as one. One side is written in English, told from left to right, with very descriptive and specific pictures of where the boy lives. The other side is written in Arabic, told from right to left, with very descriptive pictures of this boys home ...more
Michelle Biamonte
Oct 11, 2016 Michelle Biamonte rated it really liked it
This book is a wonderful silent creation by Jeannie Baker, with an unique approach that physically connects two boys and two families into one story, although their lives are different one boy and his family lives in Australia while the other one lives in Morocco, North Africa. The illustrations are so vivid and speak to the readers with limited text seen on background signs rather than words to read along with a story.

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
Have you ever wondered just who it was made your gorgeous Moroccan rug? Are you interested in developing intercultural understanding between English and Arabic speakers? Or maybe you’re simply curious about how different families pass the time of day. Through Mirror, the wonderfully inventive Jeannie Baker delivers.

I was lucky enough to see an exhibition of the artwork Jeannie Baker made for Mirror a few years ago. It’s comprised of dual or ‘mirror’ stories that describe a day in the life of t
Chris Calzolaio
Oct 05, 2016 Chris Calzolaio rated it it was amazing
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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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