By (author) Jeannie Baker , Illustrated by Jeannie Baker


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An innovative, two-in-one picture book follows a parallel day in the life of two families: one in a Western city and one in a North African village. 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.

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  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 251.46 x 274.32 x 15.24mm | 544.31g
  • 09 Nov 2010
  • Candlewick Press (MA)
  • English, Arabic
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • colour illustrations
  • 0763648485
  • 9780763648480
  • 2,870

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Author Information

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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Thought provoking

The Mirror is a fantastic book that compares the life of two different familes, one from Australia and one from Morocco. It gives children a great insight to how others live, and really how sweet their lives are. It has provoked some amazing discussion with the 9 and 10 year olds in my class. A must have. I give it a 5 out of 5.show more
by Erin Van der Peet