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Mirror - Jeannie Baker

Hardcover Published: 9th November 2010
ISBN: 9780763648480
Number Of Pages: 48
For Ages: 6 - 9 years old

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Winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards : Picture Book of the Year 2011

Two diverse cultures, countries and families 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 a day in the lives of two boys and their families. An Australian family, whose way of life strikes a familiar chord, and a family from a far away country with a way of life that differs more than one can imagine. As we read we discover the simple truth that despite these differences we are all the same. We are the mirror of each other.

  • Innovative dual-book format. Effectively communicates shared experiences and values, despite geographical and cultural differnences
  • The narrative is conveyed wordlessly, with a short introduction and author’s note in both English and Arabic
About The Author

Jeannie Baker was born in England where she finished Art College before moving to Australia. She is the author-artist of a number of distinguished picture books including Where the Forest Meets the Sea, a Boston Globe-Horn Honour Book, and the recipient of an IBBY Honor Award. Another of her picture books, Window, was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal in Great Britain and won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award. Her characteristic use of mixed media to create detailed and elaborate collages is stunning and unique. Where the Forest Meets the Sea and The Story of Rosy Dock have also been made into animated films, both directed by Jeannie.

Industry Reviews

With beautiful, meticulously constructed collage, Baker shows two very different worlds...By placing the narratives side by side, opening toward each other, she highlights their similarities. --The New York Times Book Review Baker's entrancing collages, packed with visual information and created with fabric, sand, vegetation and other unusual materials, have the power to bring back child and adult viewers for infinite 'readings. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

In layered, three-dimensional collages, Baker shows the differences between the families (traveling to an open-air market by donkey versus a trip to a hardware megastore in a Citro�n), but it is the underlying commonalities--helping parents, doing chores, caring for pets, sharing meals--that will resonate most. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Viewers will thrill to see the Moroccan dad selling a carpet (woven by the boy's mother) to a man, while on the facing spread the Australian dad buys that same rug from the same man at a shop called "Magic Carpets." Magic, indeed --The Horn Book (starred review)

Illuminates the common humanity beneath the surface of cultural differences. --School Library Journal (starred review)

Highly creative and beautifully crafted


A beautifully crafted book that is highly creative. Great for younger readers and developing inferential reading in school children.




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ISBN: 9780763648480
ISBN-10: 0763648485
Audience: Children
For Ages: 6 - 9 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 9th November 2010
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 28.58  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.54