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Window

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,202 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Author/artist Baker offers a provocative wordless book about the changing environment, as readers look through the same window year after year for 20 years, and see the scene change from wilderness and sky to a city's overcrowding and pollution.
Published (first published April 26th 1991)
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Steven Farmer
Sep 22, 2012 Steven Farmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book and would definitely recommend it for children of all ages. The book consists of a series of pictures of a landscape, framed by a bedroom window. The bedroom belongs to a boy, and as he grows older you see how the landscape changes. Beginning as a rural, unspoiled setting, the view gradually transforms into an urban, built up environment.

The illustrations are brilliant, and have a physical depth to them, that makes them seem almost raised from the page, as if in 3D.

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Lisa Vegan
I just finished reading Baker’s book Home which I found uplifting. This book I found quite depressing. I am a city person but the humans overrunning these two landscapes I did not find appealing.

This is the almost wordless story of a boy growing up in the country that becomes a much more populated area, has a baby of his own, back in another area that’s undeveloped, yet with development slated to soon start. As with Home, Bake uses specific age birthday cards and other objects and kids’ growth w
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Lindsey
I personally like Home better than this wordless picture book since it is more hopeful. Of course on the other hand Window definitely realistically portrays what is happening with cities and the countryside.

Baker's collages are extremely complex and even a bit freaky looking. I can't imagine how much time it takes for her to create a book like this. I read a little about her process and some of the books take years. She even uses real plant matter!!!
Jamie
Jul 24, 2015 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The summary really says it all. This is a picture only book that shows how the times change. And not always for the better. The lesson hits home, especially when the grafiit goes up, all the trees are gone, etc. but a bit unrealistic for many place to go the lonely country side to a major city in so few years. But it gets the point across. Would have worked better I think if we watched from being a baby to a older grandpa who maybe moves with is grown children into the countryside once more. I l ...more
Alice Reedy
Sep 03, 2015 Alice Reedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most important children’s books combine entertainment and enjoyability with a more meaningful message; educating children not only in terms of literacy, but about the world around them.

Window by Jeannie Baker is a picture book; its illustrations present the reader with the story of a boy and the view from his bedroom window of the landscape below. As he grows up, the area he observes gradually develops from a lush, rural wilderness to a highly urbanised scene. The message is clear: humans ar
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What fascinated me about the book were the illustrations, which are done in 3-D collages. A boy looks out a window at the same scene over time, and we see the changes that take place in the landscape. Jeannie Baker is a master at this type of illustration.
Simone Lavinier
Jan 20, 2012 Simone Lavinier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author did a great job in raising environmental issues such as: deforestation concerns, animal extinctions and pollution, all by means of pictures. The illustrations were used to take the reader on a journey from when a family moved into a rural area overlooking a forest to now overlooking many more houses, cars, industrial sites, factories and much more. It showed how the world once was it comparison to what we are familiar with in present day. Each page is similar to the prior, but with so ...more
Rosa Mitchell
Nov 03, 2015 Rosa Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ks1, ks2, pshe, illustrations
A wordless picture book that show the encroachment of urbanisation on the countryside and how people can work to remediate the damage it causes.

I would strongly recommend any teacher to use this in their teaching, I did so alongside 'Belonging' and the children loved it, we got so much cross-curricular work out of it and without any words - it was amazing to see the different opinions and interpretations the children and other adults had.
Nazia Ahmed
Oct 13, 2011 Nazia Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classroom
Window by Jeannie Baker

ISBN 978-0-7445-9486-7 Published by Walker Books 2002

‘Window’ is a spectacular picture book. The illustrations in this book are truly mind blowing and have such intricate detail. It is amazing to see how much emotion is shown without actually using any words whatsoever. It delivers an important message very beautifully.

‘Window’ is a story about changes in the environment that are shown through the eyes of a boy who is looking out of the ‘window’. Each time I went through t
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Ruth Bonetti
Jul 06, 2014 Ruth Bonetti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that simply cannot be given to Lifeline when the bookshelves start to collapse under the weight. It's one that will be kept for grandchildren, or perhaps even adult children will reach for it again. It brings back warm memories of bedtime cuddles and stories. The collage illustrations are beautiful, in a classic example of 'show don't tell.' They show the passage of time, and how development changes a rural landscape from pristine beauty to suburbia. This exquisite boo ...more
Dolly
Apr 18, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2011
This is a similar book to Home by Jeannie Baker. They are both wordless books, and feature gorgeous collage illustrations. The biggest difference is that while Home depicts a bad neighborhood becoming fresh and green and revitalized, this book depicts a pristine wooded area becoming a city and becoming filled with people, cars, and buildings. We liked both books, but Home is our favorite.
LauraW
Jan 14, 2011 LauraW rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
I love the Australian fascination for place. This is a lovingly designed book about the changes that take place in the view out of the window of a house. I used to be fascinated with taking pictures out of windows, and this speaks to that fascination.

The art work for this book is outstanding. Each page is a collage with an incredible amount of detail. It is a book to be poured over, not read aloud.

The major detraction for me, is that it isn't MY place. I know it is irrational to complain about
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Andrea Antoniewicz
Wordless Book

The first think I noticed about this book was the beautiful, realistic drawings. They look very 3-D and so incredibly detailed. I also thought the author's note was really shocking because it says that in 2020 there will not be any wilderness left, aside from the protected forest preserves. It also says that we can change that and make a difference. So I think that the authors message here is to save the environment and help the planet slow in development. Anyways this wordless book
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Lucy
Title: Window
Author: Jeannie Baker
Illustrator: Jeannie Baker
Genre: Wordless Picture Book
Theme(s): Evolution, Rural vs. Urban
Opening line/sentence: N/A
Brief Book Summary: This book is filled with pictures of scenes through a window. The pictures are interesting because they do not appear to be paintings. They are different kinds of objects all put together to form a picture. The illustrations all appear to have a rural feel at the beginning and then it becomes urban-like by the end of the book. I
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Madison Snow
Feb 06, 2014 Madison Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wordless
Window by Jeannie Baker is a wordless book that explores the increasing rate of change in our world. The cover shows a landscape unharmed but the effects of change. There are trees, wood house, and mountains that go off the page. The story begins with a mother holding her newborn child looking out the window to her untouched backyard. The backyard was wild and had no fence. Also, in the backyard was a shed. As the story continues, birthdays for the child come and go and the backyard begins to ch ...more
Niall Hannan
Aug 06, 2014 Niall Hannan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeannie Baker takes the reader on a 24 year journey through the “Window” in a boys life, which visually captures both the geographical changes occurring outside, as well as in the boys life as he grows from a child into a man. As each page is turned two years goes by in which a great deal of changes occur to the environment outside his home. For better or for worse?

The book could be used to generate various discussions in a classroom including exploring the different environments in which we al
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Matt Griffiths
Apr 24, 2015 Matt Griffiths rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. I Used this book for a scheme of work around the theme of urbanization. It's really good for any ks2 class. Offers a thought provoking insight into population density and the effects of a growing population. offers plenty of opportunity for pupils to discuss what they feel about the way the world is changing around them. Also very good for any potential Geography or P4C lesson. The story begins with a new family moving into a house in a very rural town. As the family get older an ...more
Dylan Bixler
Mar 09, 2016 Dylan Bixler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-314
This was one of the most interesting picture books I've seen. As I started flipping through the pages, I realized there is no words to accompany the pictures; the illustrations speak for themselves. It's fascinating to watch the world outside the window slowly change and the child grow older over time. We see the pastoral landscape slowly evolve into a modern, industrial one. The author's note at the end expresses the importance of the natural landscape and how it is slowly decaying. This is a v ...more
Tiffany
I thought it was kind of fun looking at the pictures like one of those "Spot the differences" games. I'd look at a picture and wonder when the trees on that hill back there went away, or when that house was built, or when the little shack disappeared. Then I'd have to flip back through the pages and see. Conversely, sometimes I'd look very closely at one picture, then turn the page, then study that one to see if I could find the differences just between the two pages. I'd think that could make f ...more
Matt Griffiths
Apr 28, 2015 Matt Griffiths rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking book which allows pupils to discuss themes about urbanisation and our environment.

The book revolves around a young family who have recently moved into a new house on the edge of a small rural town. The view on every page remains exactly the same, however, you witness what happens to the the town and the family over a long period. It chronicles the family as they get older have children and finishes as the children grow older and eventually move out.

beautifully illustrated, yo
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Darlene
Apr 11, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upon opening this little book, I was stunned by the intricacy of the photo collages. Her use of fabrics and other household items, natural items like reeds and grasses was surprising and lovely. It's like art on every page. I read the end of the book to find she is deeply aware of the environment and our encroachment on forests and animal habitats. This book can open up a conversation for children about our impact upon our surroundings. I enjoyed this book and agree with other reviewers that it ...more
Anne Hamilton
A wordless book. Lovely, but it only demonstrates to me how much I connect with words, rather than pictures.
Abdul Haleem
May 04, 2015 Abdul Haleem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a picture book that can have various interpretations. The book is illustrations of how a child's town transforms from something that looked like a rural setting to a modern urban setting packed with skyscrapers. As you turn each page the the illustrations shows the child growing aswell as his hometown transforming.

I think this book will be fantastic to use in Geography, this will enable pupils to see how a rural town has transformed over the years. This will enable them to personalise th
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Hajra Natha
Jun 17, 2016 Hajra Natha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book with lovely pictures. It has no words so a great discussion and reciprocal reading book. I used it during literacy to develop children;s underdstanding of the impact of humans on the world and the natural inhabitants that live in it. The author tells a lovely story through images of a family moving in to the leafy green countryside which is full of wild animals and plants. Through pictures it shows the boy growing up and how the countryside becomes city, with all the countrside ...more
Mckenzie Marcinek
Feb 11, 2015 Mckenzie Marcinek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wordless-book
This is a beautiful book that shows the growth of a little boy and his neighborhood from the view of his bedroom window. The opening of the book is a picture of a mother holding her baby looking out the window at their farm from there on you see the boy and others out in the yard and as the book goes on the landscape goes from rural to urban. The illustrations are wonderful and there is so much to watch on the pages as you flip through the book! This would be a great book for all ages to teach a ...more
Rachel
Feb 17, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book so much as a kid. I would "read" it over and over. <3
Reily Riemersma
This book is all about the effect that we as humans have on this earth. We don't realize it but we have a huge impact on our planet. or maybe we do realize it and realize what we are doing but we just don't care. which is sad because this is the place we live.

To be honest I have never been much of an envirmental lover myself. for example I don't recycle all the time. I do it when I can or when its there but I do not go out of my way to do it. Which I should start doing more because pretty soon w
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Felicia Fisher
I chose this book as my second wordless book. This book shows pictures out of a window from when a little boy is a baby, to when the little boy is an adult.

text to self: This book is about saving the wildlife we have. I know that

text to text: There are many books about saving the forest and wildlife around the world.

Text to world: The world needs people to help save the environment. Since I was a child, I have seen more houses and business pop up in spaces that used to be grass fields and fores
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Kristin Carney
Basically for wordless books you make up your own story to the pictures that are given to you. In this book you are looking out the window the whole time from when the child is young until the child is all grown up and moves to another house. You see seasons change along with the backyard with construction of a city behind the backyard. I loved how this book made me want to appreciate the present because life goes by so quickly. The illustrations were really good and very detailed. Overall was a ...more
Kristin Carney
Feb 06, 2014 Kristin Carney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wordless-book
Basically for wordless books you make up your own story to the pictures that are given to you. In this book you are looking out the window the whole time from when the child is young until the child is all grown up and moves to another house. You see seasons change along with the backyard with construction of a city behind the backyard. I loved how this book made me want to appreciate the present because life goes by so quickly. The illustrations were really good and very detailed. Overall was a ...more
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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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