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Mirror (2010)

by Jeannie Baker

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In Sydney, Australia, and in Morocco, two boys and their families have a day of shopping. Readers are invited to compare illustrations in two wordless stories that are intended to be read one from left to right and the other from right to left.
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A book fitting for introductions, this book--without dialogue or spoken language--is able to show the readers the lives of two different children in two different homes, two different areas, and two different backgrounds of culture. This book would be an appropriate book for a classroom introducing students not native in English because of its message of demonstrating how alike one person may be despite appearance, culture, background, or language; diversity. Specifically to English Language Learners, this book would have children feel welcomed in a classroom. As well as not feeling different, children will also be able to understand and become educated in lived unfamiliar to their own. ( )
  tngo5 | Oct 5, 2019 |
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Astounding detail and storytelling ability in this work of art of a book. Truly gorgeous and intricate. I've never seen anyone create picturebooks the way Jeannie Baker does. Her stories are powerful narratively as well when she has words, but in this book the complexity and layering of images for each quadruple page spread is utterly awe-inspiring. ( )
  EMiMIB | Aug 7, 2019 |
This is a wordless picture book. The book tells daily life of two families in two cities. One is located in Australia, while the other one is located in North Africa. The author demonstrates the comparison between two families through daily routine and details. Since from my perspective, I am more familiar with the life of Australian family, I spend more time on comprehending the family life in North Africa, trying to understand details in their lives. At the same time, I would ask myself many times "why they do that?" And trying to seek for clues to learn. The details of both families includes social status, religion, work, culture, and family structure. Though there are differences in the way people eat, wear, and live, they share some commons in latter part of the book. The author shows globalization is making the distance between people smaller and smaller. There are times when the North African family life goes into Australian family life, e.g. the carpet in the store is from North Africa. This means though we are different, we are connected. This book would enlighten readers to think about cultural differences and to try to understand others' life experiences. The ending of the book makes me wonder if they will see each other's life and learn just like when I read this book.

The illustration of the pictures are unique. According to the introduction of the book, the illustrator use collages constructed into layers on wood board to create pictures in the book. This technique provides readers both authenticity and story-like feeling. ( )
  Catherine52 | Jan 26, 2019 |
This books does not have any words, but tells the story of two boys in two books that are side by side. One boy lives in Australia, and one lives in Morocco. The pictures mirror each other, giving a side-by-side comparison into the everyday lives of these boys and showing how they are different, but also similar in many ways.
  LivCerna | Feb 19, 2018 |
This book is named Mirrors because of the way it is set up. When you first open the book, there are two stories. On one side of the spread there is a story about a family in English, on the other side of the spread, there is a story about a family from Morocco. Without using words, this book shows the differences in culture. The pictures mirror each other in the sense that the activists and routines are similar, but the way they live their lives is different. On one side, there are many cars on the road, while on the other side in Morocco, you can see camels being ridden as transportation. While being very different, there is one page, with a carpet that connects both worlds. I don't think this book needs words to tell the story. The pictures are powerful and easy to read. ( )
  rmajeau | Dec 1, 2017 |
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Thank you to the many friends who helped so much, especially Ana, Karolina, David and my Moroccan family, the Bouras family.
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