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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Bilingual edition (Nov. 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763648485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763648480
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 1.4 x 25.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeannie Baker is the author and illustrator of a number of children’s picture books, including the award-winning Where the Forest Meets the Sea. Born in England, she now lives in Australia.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Awesome idea and illustrations Jan. 6 2011
By SeaShell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've become something of a wordless book junkie. I bring tons of them home for the kids and, as with other books, some hit the mark and some miss it. This one hit, but just barely.

Here's what we liked about it: The way the two stories, a life in Australia and a life in Morocco are presented, side-by-side with a similar story line, was ingenious. I love that the Moroccan story works right-to-left, just as it would were it written in Arabic, and the Australian story works left-to-right as in English. The illustrations are beautiful, and the story told through the pictures is an interesting one, to be sure.

Now my reservations: For my child, who is 4, the story line was a bit difficult to follow. It could have been the difficulty of following 2 story lines at once (he was similarly confused by Black and White, which has 4 concurrent story lines), or just the foreigness of the Moroccan story, or maybe the real issue was me and my desire for him to see the story as the author intended. At any rate, I found myself telling him the story to a greater extent than I normally do with wordless picture books. And maybe it is for that reason that he seemed far less interested in this book than he has been in his favorite wordless picture books. If you are using the book as a tool to help develop a child's storytelling skills, this may not be the best one out there. But as a way to learn a bit about the similarities and differences between two very different cultures, it is terrific!

ETA: A quick update - I've since read this book with older brother, who is almost 7. He was just the perfect age for it! He was able to follow the two stories simultaneously, and compare the pictures on each side of the page. He was able to catch important details, like a carpet in the Australian house that appears to be like the one the Morroccan mother weaves. He was able to make the connection between the pictures of the Morroccan family drawing water from their well, milking their cow and gathering eggs and the subsequent pictures of the family eating those things for breakfast. He absolutely loved the book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children Nov. 9 2010
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An urban household in Australia wakes up to a new day and gets ready for the usual activities of work and play. A different rural household in Morocco, a country in northern Africa, also engages in their daily rituals to get ready for the new day. The activities of both families involve traveling to work, buying and selling items in the marketplace, and relaxing together at night. But the settings in which these activities occur differ markedly, with a car-ride through congested highways to reach the hardware superstore in Australia, and a donkey-ride through the barren landscape to reach the distant outdoor market in Morocco.

Mirror uses contrasting side-by-side visual images to highlight differences in economic development and social norms in an Australian city and a remote Moroccan village. Making the book unique is the use of Arabic as well as English to communicate the narrative, as well as a stunning display of collages made with materials such as sand, clay, fabric, and tin. This sophisticated art work stands on its own to communicate an important lesson about differences and commonalities across countries.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not for Me Aug. 19 2013
By me - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a school librarian who was looking for a book similar to "A Country Far Away" from Nigel Gray that showed the differences between 2 cultures and which I truly love.
I was quite disappointed with this book mainly because it was quite awkward to read aloud. Having to hold both side of the book open while reading it to children is quite cumbersome and while I understand what was going on, quite often I had to explain it to the children as they looked at it. Maybe if it was just an individual reading it for themselves that would not be a problem but for a teacher....
I am sure that many people liked the illustrations the way they were done with fabric and such but to me they weren't that great.
All in all, not recommended for a classroom setting.
Mirror review May 10 2013
By Bronwyn O'Rawe - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It took a little time to get into the swing of turning the pages together. It is a lovely way of exposing the similarities between cultures making their differences less "scary".
Beautiful Book Jan. 8 2013
By Chetna - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is so beautiful!
I am an adult but I bought it for myself.
It gives me so much joy to look into it!