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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  87 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
"In Jonas' latest tour de force of trompe l'oeil, each double-spread serves twice: as in Round Trip, the book is reversed for a return journey, in this case from forest to seaside....A rain cloud becomes a flock of ducks, a ferry upends to a restaurant....Fascinating."--Kirkus Reviews.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 21st 1987 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1987)
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Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ann Jonas book follows the main character throughout the day. The story is simple, using tier 1 and tier 2 words that is accessible for most readers. The font is Helvetica Regular.
The images are gorgeous water color illustrations. The story is very basic which allows the reader to spend much more time focusing on the illustrations. I challenge any reader not to be in awe of the brilliant way in which Jonas made each illustration two different images - depending upon how you are holding the book
Rocha Gilmore
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Reflection by Ann Jonas is a clever 48-page book that tells a story about a boy’s day. The story does not end at the last page, but rotate the books around and the story continues which uses the same illustration, the reflections. My favorite part is the point of view of the beach which gives a bird’s-eye view. The last opening before you flip the book around give a view of tall trees which reminds me of Redwood National Forest. This book is easy to read and made me reread it couple of times to ...more
Hannah Groeschen
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book. The low amount of words in this book allowed the story to be told through the illustrations.
Kimberly Idso
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reflections is a book that follows a child through his day. The child wakes up early, goes out to sea, and passes the fisherman and ferry until he reaches the beach. Once on the beach, the child decides that the beach is too crowded and continues on until he gets to the woods. In the woods, the child decides that it is too scary and turns around to pass new, but yet familiar scenes, until he makes his way back home.

Although the story wasn't too exciting, the picture were amazing! The pictures w
Sarah Ravel
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Reflections by Ann Jonas turns the reading experience upside down as she leads the reader through one day in the life of a child narrator. The watercolor images contain a hidden surprise, showing two different images when held one way and another image when turned around. As the reader opens the first page, we know that this is not a typical picture book. The first image seems to be reflected and there is text located right-side up on the bottom of the page and upside down text printed at the to ...more
Jordan Schwab
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Reflections provided a new format of storytelling for me. I had never before seen a story that you have to read and then physically flip the book to finish it. I thought that the aspect was really cool. It also went along with the story of the daily routine of the narrator. The narrator went through his day and turns around to finish it.

The pictures are reflections which only makes sense with the title and therefore aren't a solid image and sometimes get a little confusing. I believe the waterc
Taking in the cover is a portrait view of birds, boats, a sunset, a plane and the title which relects itself. It seems that most the books on the lists have been written by only a couple authors having my conclude that these book type is hard to write. When i open the book the front pages have a starry sky standing fo night and when you flip to the end pages it shows a blue sky representing day. The start and end page might be a time spand symbol. When i started to read it i was confused not bec ...more
Gina Valdes
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
The concept of this book truly fascinated me! Before reading it, I thought “how good could illustrations of reflections actually be?” I learned that they were in fact extremely good! In order to read this book, one must have somewhat of an imagination. The pictures are not clear-cut, so it is up to the reader to fully put them together with the hints of the text. You could spend a lot of time staring at each and every illustration if you wanted to. I love the beach page, where no matter what way ...more
Maria Estrada
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is about the narrator talking about herself and what she does all day. She starts off with dawn and then talks about what she does and sees throughout the day. Then, she ends with her bed time.

The illustrations in this book are my favorite because every picture has a reflection and the reflection creates a different picture. When you turn the book upside down, you can see different image than holding the book the other way.

The words in this book are very easy to read and understand, t
Lindsey LaMonica
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childerns-lit
You read it once then flip it over again and you read it again. "Reflections" by Ann Jonas is a book you can get lost in with the illustrations. The full page spread of pictures have so much in them. You start the book by reading the text at the bottom, then once you get to the end you will flip it over and read to the beginning again. But the pictures you see things that you did not see reading it the other way. You really have to pause and take in the illustrations. They blend into each other ...more
Megan Drees
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reflections is a very imaginative story by Ann Jonas. The text interacts with the illustrations to create an interactive, non-traditional children's picture book. The story tells the events of the day, and on the last page the character turns around and the format forces the reader to flip the book over and read the upside-down text. The illustrations are created in such a way that once flipped upside-down they show the image of the new correlated text. It is a very unique style and very hard to ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Ms. Jonas’s efforts at flipping pictures is not quite as successful here as in the astounding Round Trip. In many of them, the pictorial composition is awkward, as in storm clouds that are just a little too oddly shaped and colored to be reminiscent of actual clouds. One picture was barely a reversal at all; upside down and right-side up, it was the same beach scene.

Perhaps it was the addition of color that made the transitions less than convincing. In any case, it is a far effort, just not as s
Daniel Cota
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think this an excellent example of a simple postmodern book for kids. At first I was confused on how to read the book until I noticed how the book properly functions. Also, besides the reading portion, the pictures were confusing until I studied the picture and saw the different images. What made the book interesting was that when you reached the end of the book it is not over. You have to flip the book upside down and read it back to the start and you can see how the imgaes change in the stor ...more
Kaitlyn Petkowski
This book is about a young child and the adventures he has on the beach every day. As the child goes to bed he thinks about what he will do the following day.

The illustrations were made using water colors. The colors are warm and soft to show the happiness the child feels for the beach. The pictures of the page are also read by reading the bottoms of each page and when you reach the end flipping the book around and reading the opposite side. The pictures match the text that is right-side up on t
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book amazed me with its illustrations! Reading each page, you feel more engaged because you have to flip the book upside down to read the other half of the page (because half the story is written upside down). As you read each page, you can't help but take a second to re-look at the illustrations a few times to see the differences when you view them in both ways. I felt like I was more focused with the illustrations than the actual story. The overall reading experience was fun and I think c ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
This book is surprising because it breaks reading conventions, which is one of the features in postmodern picturebooks. Instead of reading a book in the same position, this book requires the reader to turn the book over. The one picture is shown differently from different perspectives, and it matches the sentence. Children must be curious when they read this book because of the pictures and the way they have to read them. This book "Reflections," reflects postmodern characteristics by changing t ...more
Spencer Gold
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I think this was an imaginative non-traditional picture book which I really enjoyed. The pictures full page spread were so unique too look at. I thought having the text upside down depending which way you read the story was great. How she drew these pictures blending into each other with a mirror effect just amazing. I thought it was also a nice walk in the day of the reader the story. This almost felt like someones journal entry after they took a walk through thier town.
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was sooo cool! I didn't recognize any of the pictures when I "turned the book around!" I also read her other books at the library, the turn around book! I love them, when I'm a teacher I'm definitely going to have a postmodern week!!!! Thanks
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
It is amazing how she does her illustrations. One could definitely get lost in this book trying to figure out how she does these illustrations so well. Text is definitely secondary to the illustrations.
Sue Maloney
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
My rating is influenced by reading/viewing through the eyes of my particular students. The illustrations are beautiful, but I think my kids would struggle with sorting out many of the reflections--and there's no real story to engage them enough to want to.
Elly Squire
Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: eled-340
This book is awesome. It was so fun to read through and then turn around and read again. When you first start to read through it, the illustrations appear to flow with the text, but even when you turn it upside down they make sense! I really enjoyed this book and found it to be creative.
Christopher Poston
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a child going through their day and the book reflect on their day.
I like that book shows how a story which takes the book in both directions to understand the story.
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: early elementary
Shelves: picture-book
cool reversable pictures. Although this has color, I think Round Trip does the concept better.
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
We found round trip to be a lot better
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book to help teach symmetry! Beautiful illustrations!
Mr. George
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
trippy cool....maybe more huzzah for adults, but thats cool.
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