Mirror by Jeannie Baker

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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. A two-in-one picture book that comprises two stories designed to be read simultaneously - one from the left, the other from the right. It lets you experience the lives of two little boys - one from an urban family in Sydney, Australia, the other from Morocco. A powerful book, Mirror illustrates how our lives reflect each other and that we are all, even in some small way, connected.


Mirror by Jeannie Baker

Two diverse countries and cultures 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 the lives of two little boys - one from an urban family in Sydney, Australia, the other from Morocco.

From busy motorways to desert landscapes, these worlds couldn't be further apart. Yet with the journey of a homemade Moroccan carpet into the Australian boy's home, we can see how these separate lives become intertwined.

At the book's conclusion, the family in Sydney can be seen enjoying their new purchase together while the Moroccan family are surfing the internet.

It features innovative dual-book format, effectively communicating the way people's experiences and values are shared, despite geographical and cultural differences. The essential story is conveyed wordlessly, while the short introduction and author's note appear in both English and Arabic. There is a keystone in the vital bridge across the East-West gap.


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 *

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. Her characteristic use of mixed media to create detailed and elaborate collages is stunning and unique. She lives in Australia.

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48 pages


Jeannie Baker
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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st August 2010




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