Mirror Hardcover – 1 Nov 2010
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"This is a book which demands to be shared and discussed." --Books for Keeps
Two diverse countries and cultures are linked with warmth and charm in this two-in-one picture book.See all Product Description
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I can recommend that all of Jeannie Baker's books will be adored by all ages and definitely inspires young and old to have a go at using their artistic skills at making a collage.
Visual storytelling at its best. It is a two in one picturebook, with minimal written text in English and Arabic, about the lives and experiences of two little boys. One of them is from Sydney in Australia and the other from the Valley of Roses in Southern Morocco. So, in one case, we are shown urban landscapes of motorways, car parks and superstores and, in the other, we see deserts, working animals and markets. Each boy is growing up in a distinctive cultural context, but some things connect them. These things include the human need to be loved by family and friends and part of a community. Explaining her powerful metaphor Jeannie Baker comments: `Inwardly we are so alike, it could be each other we see when we look in a mirror'. The beautiful hand woven Moroccan carpet the Australian family receives symbolises these connections. Such a nice touch to have the Australian family sitting on the carpet and looking at their little boy's picture of a magic carpet in flight! In our modern world the Internet links us with different parts of the world, and we are shown the Moroccan family round the computer. The philosophy of connection between human beings wherever they live which underpins the book is shown in arresting artwork and makes it of interest to discerning readers of any age group. Jeannie Baker's distinctive collages, used in her other books too, are made by combining both natural and artificial materials - for example sand, earth, plastic and metal- on a wooden board. The photographs of these collages become the book's illustrations. Children in the key stage 1 years will learn something about human geography and each double spread, rich in detail, will give rise to much talk and perhaps children's own drawing and writing.
A comparison of city life in two countries, or village life in two countries would make more sense.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was of a poorer quality than advertised. A well worn ex library book going from labels still on itPublished 2 months ago by Karlina P.
AMAZING BOOK FOR LEARNING DEVELOPMENT AND FOR UNDERSTANDING WORLD VIEWPublished 17 months ago by Sean-O
An authentically written and illustrated book of two very different cultures that still have a lot in common. And one surprise connection as well. Delightful and informative.Published 18 months ago by Desert Dustbunny
What the description doesn't tell you is that the only way your child can read the other page is if they are fluent in Arabic. Read morePublished on 21 July 2014 by TMCE
Used this book with a group of ten year olds and they were fascinated by the artwork and presentation of the book. We had very long discussions "telling the stories". Read morePublished on 4 July 2014 by Mrs D E Sylvester
Great read and I will show it to my mates. I sure will buy another by him with no worriesPublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by Mr. P. J. Simmons