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Window

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  778 ratings  ·  81 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
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!!!
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
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
Nazia Ahmed
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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2011, childrens
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
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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Anne Hamilton
A wordless book. Lovely, but it only demonstrates to me how much I connect with words, rather than pictures.
Madison Snow
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
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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Cheryl
Gorgeous. Important and powerful message. I want to gift a special newborn with this book, and Home too. And I want to buy two copies of each for myself so I can frame all the images. Heartwrenching, and heartwarming.
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
Darlene
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
Rachel
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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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
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
Jack Kirby and the X-man
While Home focuses on urban renewal - this book examines the transformation from relative wilderness to a major town.

Kids will love searching for clues as to how old Sam is, and noticing all the changes that occur through the years.

I found the "Author's Note" to be preachy and unhelpful. "The facts are alarming. Scientists estimate that ... by 2020 no wilderness will remain ... By the same year, they estimate a quarter of our plant and animal species will be extinct." I don't want to niggle with
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Basra
Short synopsis
The stories illustrated how quickly the environment can change around us, it also illustrates how people have different ideas and opinions of the environment. The book has a strong subject with a logical sequence of events.
If there was text in the book it would be a story that is anchored together by talk of the environment, this book could be used in a lesson as a basis of discussion to discuss issues about the environment. Some questions that could be raised could be ‘what benef
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David
Window by Jeannie Baker is a mostly wordless look at how humans continue to "develop' remaining wild lands at an alarming rate.

Baker's photographs of her collage illustrations focus on a natural Australian landscape, framed by a bedroom window, that changes over the years to become all houses and city. The collages create an almost 3D effect. My favorite images are cover, baby's view, outhouse, Superman, horse, rain, cat man, moving, and new house.

The illustrations are indeed the highlight of t
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Louise
Window
Jeannie Baker

This picture book shows the rapid change of the environment due to industrialisation in the last century and how humans have had a large effect on the landscape. The book shows the change of the view from one window during one boy's lifetime. The view from the window gradually depicts peaceful countryside changing with the introduction of roads, cars, electricity, housing estates etc. The book ends showing the boy move away from the view of the original window to share peacef
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Rachel
This wordless picture book follows the life of a boy named Sam. Each picture is a beautiful illustration of the view from Sam’s window and as he gets older you can see the landscape transform from a rural, wildlife haven to an urban city environment.

Despite being a wordless picture book, this book is suitable for children of all ages, although I think it would particularly suit 6 – 9 year olds. The book is fantastic for helping improve children’s information retrieval skills – using clues in the
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Katharine Peddie
Windows is a picture book and I have chosen this as it is aimed to the older primary year students in year 3 and year 4. This is a book that has no words and is focused on exploring and responding. It is a book that gives teachers the opportunity to introduce the beautiful artwork of Jeannie Baker. the idea of Jeannie Baker artist/author is to convey to students to use language to describe what they see and feel. It creates discussion and will allow us to bring other people's artwork into the cl ...more
u1124876 UEL
This wonderfully silent book is made up of photographs of Jeannie Baker's collages and no words. An Australian friend of mine actually recommended it and I am very pleased he did.

It takes us through a lifetime of a baby boy and how the view out of his window changes. Almost inevitably logging takes a dramatic toll on the scenery, more people move in to the area and eventually a McDonald's sign appears and the whole scenario is overwhelmed and ruined essentially. The way this book flows is wonder
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Stacey
"Window" by Jeannie Baker is a great wordless book. Books without words are very hard to follow, but due to the great illustrations, readers are able to tell exactly what is happening with every flip of the page. Something, whether is be small or large, is added to every page from the very beginning. You know you are looking out the same window, but the environment looks different on every page. By the end of the story, you are looking at a completely different setting than you were on the first ...more
Scott Pagel
Through her mesmerizing collage constructions, Jeannie Baker tells a story that is touching, nostalgic, and prophetic. It opens as a mother holds her newborn son while standing before a window that looks out upon a forest. We see all the marks of an land unspoiled by human presence: birds and other wildlife, a pond, trees and abundant plant life. As the reader flips the pages, time passes as the boy grows up. The point of view remains the same but the landscape changes as people move in and chan ...more
Fjóla
Jun 09, 2012 Fjóla rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of wordless picture books
A very unique book! No words, but the collage pictures deliver lots of clues on what has happened. There is so much to talk about in these pictures. And I kept flipping the pages back and forth to study to subtle changes from window to window. I think you need a few "reads" of this book to take it all in.

My 4 year old really enjoyed it, and he tuned right into the plot on the second page spread. He needed some help however comprehending how the little boy towards the end of the book was actuall
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Lauren Tappenden

This book was a pleasure to use within my year 1 classroom as it appealed to children of all abilities. 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 as the reader is able to see the regeneration of a city.

Due to book not having any words within it, it is free for t
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