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Publisher Comments:

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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"Opening this expertly designed picture book reveals two parallel wordless tales: one to be read left to right, the other right to left. The stories follow a day in the family life of two boys, who live in urban Australia and the Valley of Roses in southern Morocco, respectively, as Baker explains in an afterword, written in English and Arabic. In layered, three-dimensional collages, Baker shows the differences between the families (traveling to an open-air market by donkey versus a trip to a hardware megastore in a Citroën), but it is the underlying commonalities--helping parents, doing chores, caring for pets, sharing meals--that will resonate most. Ages 5 — 7. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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This 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. Designed to be read side by side, these intriguing stories are told entirely through richly detailed collage illustrations. Full color.

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. Born in England, she now lives in Australia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763648480
Author:
Baker, Jeannie
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
People & Places - Africa
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
australia;morocco;picture book;collage;culture;family;diversity;north africa;similarities;differences;multicultural;daily life;arabic;wordless book;africa;urban
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40-COLOR
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
10.11 x 10.92 x .53 in 1.2 lb
Age Level:
05-07

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Product details 48 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763648480 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Opening this expertly designed picture book reveals two parallel wordless tales: one to be read left to right, the other right to left. The stories follow a day in the family life of two boys, who live in urban Australia and the Valley of Roses in southern Morocco, respectively, as Baker explains in an afterword, written in English and Arabic. In layered, three-dimensional collages, Baker shows the differences between the families (traveling to an open-air market by donkey versus a trip to a hardware megastore in a Citroën), but it is the underlying commonalities--helping parents, doing chores, caring for pets, sharing meals--that will resonate most. Ages 5 — 7. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , This 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. Designed to be read side by side, these intriguing stories are told entirely through richly detailed collage illustrations. Full color.
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