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This innovative picture book comprises of 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.
Hardcover, 20 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Walker Books Ltd
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Lisa Vegan
Dec 12, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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...more
Mackenzie Cannon
This is a wordless picture book that looks at the homes and lifestyles of two families completely opposite from each other on the globe. One family is from Sydney, Australia, and one family is from a small village in Morocco. The story contains one family on the left pages, and one family on the right pages, and the reader is meant to compare and contrast the two lifestyles solely by observing the pictures.This book has a very unique and appealing format, which keeps readers interested and cause...more
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
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
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.
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
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...more
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
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.
Cory Schulz
This book is is about two families that are in completely different areas of the world doing very similar activities with their families. This is a very powerful message because it shows how different cultures share similar lifestyles, something kids may not be aware of. The only way I can describe the illustration is layered. I did not choose this book as my favorite, because I feel that kids may not understand the concept of this book, as kids’ books seem to have “cuter” themes. I would use th...more
Lisa Anne
The artwork and layout of this book are fantastic.
Jessica Elliott
great book. Beautiful.
Morgan
This book is a great book
Araceli Aispuro
This story is about to boys living in two different countries. This story shows the major differences and similarities among both families. One family is from Australia and the other is from Morocco, North Africa. Although the book has no words 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. B...more
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
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