Somewhere in Sydney, Australia, a boy and his family wake up, eat breakfast, and head out for a busy day of shopping. Meanwhile, in a small village in Morocco, a boy and his family go through their own morning routines and set out to a bustling market. In this ingenious, wordless picture book, readers are invited to compare, page by page, the activities and surroundings of children in two different cultures. Their lives may at first seem quite unalike, but a closer look reveals that there are many things, some unexpected, that connect them as well. Designed to be read side by side--one from the left and the other from the right--these intriguing stories are told entirely through richly detailed collage illustrations.
Winner of Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Children's Book 2011.
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
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.