AUTHOR = JEANNIE BAKER
GENRE = FAMILY, MULTICULTURALISM, LIFESTYLE
INTEREST LEVEL = ALL AGES
This is a truly beautiful book, in conception and in presentation. In fact, this picture book deliberately tells two stories – one is read from inside the left cover of the book and the other is read from inside the right cover. So both stories are opposite each other as you open the book. Both stories focus on a small boy and the daily life of his family; and on the surface there are obvious differences in these stories – different settings, different clothes, different food and transport – for one boy is growing up in Sydney, Australia whilst the other grows up in rural Morocco. However, just as the title suggests, in other ways the stories mirror each other – for both boys have loving families, share meals together and other family activities.
So ultimately the story of this richly crafted book has a simple message: we may live in vastly different places but our lives are mirrors across the world.
As we have come to expect from a Jeannie Baker book, the illustrations built on detailed collages will detail readers and provide hours of enjoyment. If you would like to learn more about Jeannie Baker’s artistry, why not check out her website.
It is no wonder this book has been shortlisted in the CBC Book of the Year 2011 (Picture Book).
Highly Recommended (dma) ******