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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,360 ratings  ·  335 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
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published August 1st 2010)
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A wonderful idea for a story. This book opens on both sides and meets in the middle. A boy in Australia and a boy in Morocco both start the day. As you turn the pages you see their families, what they eat, their surroundings, it's fun to spot the differences and the similarities. The illustrations are wonderfully detailed, there is so much to see. I like the way their lives are linked at the end. I would like to see more books like this, turning the two pages at once was an interesting way to re ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wordless book about two families - worlds apart - but maybe not so different after all.

Worth checking out for the author's collage artwork alone.
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Books About the World's Diverse Peoples / Jeannie Baker Fans
The second wordless picture-book I have 'read' from immensely talented Australian children's author/artist Jeannie Baker - the first was the marvelous Home - this innovative book is really two stories in one. Or rather, two iterations of the same basic story, that mirror one another. Opening on both sides, Mirror chronicles the day in the life of two boys: one living in Sydney, Australia, the other in Morocco's Valley of the Roses. These tales are obvious companion pieces, meant to be read t ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Better than brilliant! Baker has really created something special. The book opens up into two books. Each mini-book showcases a family doing similar things, like a mirror with two perspectives. One perspective is that of a family living in Australia and the other perspective is a family from Morocco.

I love learning about other cultures and this is a unique way to show that while both cultures are different, they still partake in the same things. So neat!
Nicki Fairman
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this thought provoking picture-book. It follows a day in the life of two people, allowing you to compare their lives. A great way to start discussions on the differences and similarities between us all.
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
A very clever concept and book format/design. Also, the amount of detail in Jeannie Baker's collage constructions is breathtaking:

Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
This book is GORGEOUS! The art style is so textured and there's so many interesting things to look at. When you open the book one side is (the left) opens like an English book and contains a day in the life of an Australian, while the right opens like an Arabic book and contains a day in the life of a Moroccon. If you ever have a chance to "read" (admire the gorgeousness) of this book than do so, it is well worth your time!
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mc-arab-muslim
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.
Agnes U
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Great idea for the way the book opens; insulting message of poverty and wealth distribution and people's worth of work. However, it is often the case that we buy goods which are pricey despite the fact that are made with diligence and hard work by people of different minorities and who earn themselves very little for the goods they make. Perhaps the message is intentional?
Jemma Routledge
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The images in this book are artfully made and tell the two 'mirrored' stories beautifully. It is important to know how both cultures read books to fully understand the stories as the first time I read the Moroccan half I read the pictures as if I was reading a British book and therefore struggled to make sense of the story. however after realising this it made a lot more sense.
Beth Pollard
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a clever, thought-provoking book! I loved how the two stories ran parallel to each other - this offers an amazing opportunity for discussion around culture, difference, and the links between lives that seem so far apart. The collage illustrations really create a sense of reality, and help the reader to associate the book with the real lives of people in Australia and Morocco.
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is two (wordless) books in one that you read side by side, comparing a family in Australia with one in Morocco. My four-year-old son was very impressed with the double book. I liked the mixed media illustrations.
Gabriella Carvell-Turner
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing picture book that portrays the difference between two young boys and the life they each live. However, although it shows they are different, there are some things that connect them.
This book would be great for group discussions.
Jane Scholey
Love Baker - she tells a story like few others can. Very talented.
Cool idea for a picture if a bit weird. It's basically two wordless collage books that you open simultaneously. And parallel lives are shown. But I wasn't a big fan of the art. And it is a rare wordless book that I like though I do like some lots. So kind of a swing and a miss. But a cool one.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
“wow” book!
Rhiannon Hancox
Beautiful wordless book. A picture really does tell a thousand words. Side by side are two totally different lives and worlds that are so interesting to look in to.
Brittney Finck
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Paloma Calvillo
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The wordless picture book Mirror by Jeannie Baker is about the lives of two boys and their families that live very different yet somehow the same lives. One boy lives in Australia while the other lives in Morocco. The book goes through the boys lives to show how differences in the way they live, but how some things connect them. This is a great book that I think all kids would enjoy because of how different the format of it is and it really tells an important story without actually using any wor ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book, Mirror, by Jeannie Baker is very unique, there are two sides to the book that mirror each other. The left side of the book takes place in Australia and reads left-to-right. The right side takes place in Morocco and reads right-to-left as books are read in Morocco. The stories show the lives of two families from each of the countries. It starts with the morning routines for each of the families, then it shows what seems to be their daily commute, in Australia, they are in a car stuck in ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mirror creatively expresses the similarities that humans share, despite difference of culture, race, or geography. Despite being wordless (save for a short introduction in both English and Arabic, as well as an outro/about page), she eloquently builds parallels between two different families across the globe (one in Australia, the other in Morocco) through her seemingly 3-dimensional collages. The pictures are laid out in a comic panel effect that serves as the descriptive and narrative leaders ...more
Brianna Deines
1.Text to world connection- Since this book has two stories about different places/cultures that relate to real world events I think text to world connection would be accurate.

2. Mirror does a nice job offering multiple perspectives and values for different cultures. The story is told side by side for one family in Australia and one family in North Africa. Throughout the story each culture is compared showing the different perspectives offered.

Name two differences between the fam
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Lauren Neely
This picture book compares a life in the day of two boys from two very different cultures: one from Sydney, Australia, and the other from a small village in Morocco. The book sets these characters up side by side so the reader can see how their lives contrast one another. I would first have students work in groups to create words for each picture. Through this activity, students would be making inferences based on the pictures as well as practicing seeing from multiple perspectives. Afterwards, ...more
Amanda Schmitt
Mirror is a mostly wordless picture book designed to be simultaneously read on the daily life of two different families: one who lives in Morocco and the other Australia. The story talks about how we are two different cultures who approach life very differently, but we have a lot in common too. It is a great introduction to the cultures of Morroco and Australia and would fit nicely in a unit on cultural diversity and tradition. In page folds out to the separate families doing tasks, starting fro ...more
Klaudia Maniakowska
I really enjoyed the idea of mirroring, where each side reflects a boy from a different culture. I believe that the book was intended to help fight racism and prejudices, because despite many differences, all people are the same. But the book is, in fact, unauthentic. I do not like the idea of romanticizing stories meant to be children’s first windows to see something different from themselves. That is to say, such a representation is unreal, because the probability that the family of the Austra ...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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