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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  466 ratings  ·  142 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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
Jennifer
I recommend this book for any age.
Two diverse countries and cultures are linked with warmth and charm in this two-in-one picture book. This innovative picture book comprises two stories designed to be read simultaneously - one from the left, the other from the right. Page by page, we experience the lives of two little boys - one from an urban family in Sydney, Australia, the other from Morocco. From busy motorways to desert landscapes, these worlds couldn't be further apart. Yet with the journe...more
Lauren
Mirror by Jeannie Baker is a nice little wordless book about two different families in two very different countries. It follows them on a normal day. I really liked the side by side story so you could see what either was doing a the same time of day.

Text-to-Self: This book reminded me of UNO actually. Our campus is very diverse, and especially in the cold winter I wonder what their home countries are like at this time of year or in their winter.

Text-to-Text: This book made me think about the bo...more
Araceli Aispuro
This story is about to boys and two different families. This story shows the major differences and similarities among both families. Once family is from Australia and the other is from Morocco, North Africa. Although the book has no worlds the pictures in this book illustrate the lives of these two boys. Throughout the story the pictures show us the daily lives of these two boys from morning until bedtime. The books shows the differences in transportation, diet, technology, and much more. But th...more
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...more
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.
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.
Lisa Anne
The artwork and layout of this book are fantastic.
Jessica Elliott
great book. Beautiful.
Morgan
This book is a great book
paula
Two families, one in Sydney, Australia, and one in Morocco. Jeannie Baker takes us through each family's day, giving us domestic snippets and sweeping landscapes. The Moroccan family gets around by donkey, while the Australians drive a yellow minivan. The Australian kid wears a red t-shirt and jeans, and the Moroccan kid wears his jeans under a red djellaba. Both boys have a baby sibling in a fuzzy yellow sweater. Tea is poured, pets are fed. The Moroccan boy likes to draw while the Australian o...more
Julie
When I was a kid I was fascinated by photographer Peter Menzel’s book Material World: A Global Family Portrait. Menzel arranged for a team of photographers to visit 30 different countries, live with a “statistically average” family for one week, and then, at the end of the week, take a photograph of the family standing outside their home, with all their possessions surrounding them. As you’d expect, the images vary quite a bit. Somewhere along the way my parents acquired an interactive CD-ROM at...more
Cheryl in CC NV
My library bought this! Yay!

Just opened it and was immediately struck by "The Western and Moroccan stories..." Um, really, Australia considers itself part of the West? I guess, in the sense of Oriental and Occidental... but then Morocco is Eastern? Hmm....

Other than that, absolutely wonderful. The author's note was helpful. The art surpassed Baker's Home and Window because it included humor such as the Australian father using a paint can as a dining stool.

One of the best 'small world' themed boo...more
Kitty
Mirror by Jeannie Baker is a bilingual story written in English and Arabic.It is a parallel narrative depicting intercultural understanding and respect.
It explores place, belonging, identity, environment, heritage and tradition in two very different countries -Southern Morocco and Sydney, Australia through two families.

Classroom discussion should not only include differences but the deeper meaning - what do they have in common? We see that in the context of strikingly different lifestyles, remo...more
Jennifer
The Mirror is creativity at it’s finest. It’s a story about a day in the life of two boys, one from Australia, and the other from Morocco. It is created as two different books but is designed to be read simultaneously, one from left to right, the other right to left. From first glance, the stories appear to be quite different. One is a desert setting and the other a suburban setting. There is a boy in each and you follow each throughout their day of shopping. As you go through the book you begin...more
Dianne J.
Age of readership: Ages 4-8

Genre: Wordless Picture Book

Diversity: Comparison of Moroccan and Australian cultures

Illustrations: Collages constructed on wood with many ingredients: sand, mud, clay, paints, vegetables, paper, fabric, tin and plastic. The collages were photographed for the final product presentation.

My response to the book: There are many similarities and differences within every culture and the author shows us some of the similarities after her travels in Morocco to her homeland of...more
Jordan Caton
I read this book for my wordless category. This book was about two different families, one in Australia and one in Morocco. The two families have a different way of life from their way of travel, places they buy items, the way they cook and their homes. Because it is wordless, the author has to communicate her thoughts only in pictures. I think she did a brilliant job.

This was a very different book than any other I have read. The format of how you read the book is different, along with the medi...more
Ed
Baker, Jeannie. (2010). Mirror. Boston: Candlewick. unpaginated. ISBN 978-0-7636-4848-0 (Hard Cover); $18.99.

Here is one of the more notable books of 2010. This amazing book is wordless and it will have you speechless with delight and wonder. The lives of two families are inspected, side by side, one Moroccan and one Australian. One is from a big city (Sydney) and the other is from a more rural location, a Moroccan village. The English speaking Australian section of the book opens in a typical w...more
Stacey
Audience: This wordless book is truly a masterpiece at telling the story of two children, separated by more than 10,000 miles, living two seemingly different lives. In order for a student to have the ability to grasp the meaning of the book my suggested grade range is 2nd-5th. However, any elementary classroom library would benefit by adding this to their shelves.

Appeal: I originally looked through this book a year ago and it made such an impression on me that I decided to purchase it a few mont...more
Clare Wojda
1. Genre - International Literature
2. Awards - New South Wales Premier's Literary Award Nominee for Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature, Western Australian Premier's Book Award Nominee for Children's Books, Children's Book Council of Australia Award for Picture Book of the Year, Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Book Award for Children's
3. Grade Level - K-2
4. I would show my own digital portrayal of this book through a video I made that included sound effects and music to t...more
Meghan Newton
The book Mirror by Jeannie Baker was a very interesting book. It shows pictures of two different families: one from Australia and one from Morocco, North Africa. As the story progresses it shows these families in their everyday lives and how they are alike and how they are different. It starts with the families sitting down in the morning for breakfast, they both sit at tables but the Australian family sits in chairs while the Morocco family sits on the floor. Next it shows each families father...more
Deborah Abela
Jeannie Baker took over 5 years to finish this book and the wait was definitely worth it. Clever in every way, the book opens out so that there are two stories told side-by-side. The left side follows the day in the life of a boy from Australia, the right, introduced in Arabic, about a day in the life of a Moroccan boy. The story was inspired by Jeannie’s travels through Morocco and the way she felt welcomed as a stranger at a time when she believed Australia was becoming a nation less friendly...more
Becky
Feb 21, 2011 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: all ages
This nearly-wordless book opens in the middle and then opens twice more, to show two parallel stories. One takes place in Morocco and one in Australia, and each follows a little boy's day as he accompanies his dad. The Australian family visits a home-repair store and purchases a carpet as well, while the Moroccan family visits a market, sells the carpet they have made, and buys a computer.

The concept of this is so well illustrated visually that words aren't needed (though when they are there, o...more
Beth
My review on The Crimson Review of Children's & YA Literature:

Jeannie Baker’s text-less picture book seeks to create the shared connections between two separate countries and cultures: Australia and Morocco. Each half of the book is meant to be read side by side, so that differences and similarities are easily discussed. The beautiful collage illustrations are the stunning masterpiece of the book and have layers of detail to engage children (and adults) with each look. As a text-less book, t...more
Makenzie Sliva
Mirror by Jeannie Baker is an incredible book that represents the lives of two boys living in completely different parts of the world. When you open the book, there is two small books that open in opposite directions. One of the books shows the life of a boy in an urban city of Sydney, Australia and the other book shows the life of a boy in rural Morocco. The two stories act as a mirror, showing the similarities and differences of their lives though they are in completely different parts of the...more
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