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Mirror : Winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards : Picture Book of the Year  2011 - Jeannie Baker


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

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2010
ISBN: 9781406309140
Number Of Pages: 48
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old

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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.


A must for multicultural Australia


I bought this book for my grandson who absolutely adores books and will be 6 in April so he hasn't received it yet. However, his parents are very happy to have it in his collection as they had once borrowed it from the library. It's a lovely book which uses pictures not words to help children understand other cultures - we are different but the same..

Terrigal NSW


A beautiful production and message


This book is an excellent teaching tool for tutors of English to arabic-speaking migrants, refufess and visitors.

Toronto, NSW, Australia


fantastic read


Jenni Baker does it again. Illustrations are brilliant and easy to interrupt a storyline for young children.



Great book for cultural comparison.


I am a Jeannie Baker enthusiast! Mirror is perfect for exploring cultural differences and similarities.

Griffith NSW



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An engaging and educational picture book...spectacularly detailed. * Bookseller Buyer's Guide *
...a fascinating, engaging and educational picture book exploring the themes of culture and identity. -- Jeannie Baker * Bookseller *
Stunning! How else to describe Jeannie Baker's astonishing new picture book Mirror. -- Marilyn Brocklehurst * Bookseller *
...this is an important book about diversity that makes a lasting impression. -- Jake Hope * Bookseller *
A life-affirming work. * The Bookseller *
Mirror is the seasons most remarkable book...original and brilliantly executed. -- Kate Kellaway * The Observer *
Featured/recommended * The Boston Globe *
Uses the mirror metaphor to wordlessly explore our actions * Early Years Educator *
This is a book which demands to be shared and discussed. * Books for Keeps *

ISBN: 9781406309140
ISBN-10: 1406309141
Audience: Children
For Ages: 5 - 7 years old
For Grades: K - 3
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.0 x 27.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.59

Jeannie Baker

About the Author

Since 1972, Jeannie Baker has been making her collages, many of which are designed to illustrate picture books, but stand individually as works of art. Her unique collages are created from many rich textures, including earth, knitted wool and feathers, which, combined with more usual artists materials, achieve a wonderful three dimensional illusion. It can take Jeannie up to three years to produce a book. Jeannie was born in England but has lived in Sydney for many years.

Internationally renowned, her work has garnered critical and public acclaim in Australia and abroad and also many awards, a selection of which include, Australian Picture Book of the Year Honour Book, 2005, for "Belonging", Australian Children’s Book Council Picture Book of the Year Award, 1992, for "Window", Notable Book by the American Library Association, 1984, and short listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal, 1985, for "Home in the Sky" and a Boston Globe Horn Book Magazine Honour Book award,1988, and International Board of Young People Honour Book Award, 1990, for "Where the Forest Meets the Sea". 

Her latest book, "Mirror" was the winner of the Children’s category at the 2011 Indie Book Awards and also short-listed for NSW Premier's Literary Award. 'Mirror' was joint winner in the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Awards - Picture Book Category. 'Mirror' has also been short-listed for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA's) for 2011. Mirror was also short-listed for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards for 2010 in the Children's Books category.

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