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And soon we had arranged to meet at 3am the next morning, though I would need to find a mule to ride on. The Americans are all in very different clothes while the Arabians dress in different head coverings of similar fabrics. Be smarter than me, be more like Ivy, she can figure out how to open it, see: It opens from the middle out… very tricky. Even though my story has no words, the visuals still read in these different ways for each language. But it also makes me reflect on the similarities in the lives of people all over the world - we're all just family members at the end of the day.

I also like that the book centers around family life: eating together, working on projects together, doing chores as a family and going on outings together. While the author does share that she initially constructed 3D collages for the pages, their 2-dimensional rendering still holds a tactile quality. We see that in the context of strikingly different lifestyles, remotely different countries, landscapes, differences of clothing and all, the families are essentially the same. Consequently I decided to make a special trip to Taznakht, to try and understand the basic design and symbols underlying their carpets, which it seems the women in the Valley of Roses have been much influenced by. It is important to know how both cultures read books to fully understand the stories as the first time I read the Moroccan half I read the pictures as if I was reading a British book and therefore struggled to make sense of the story.By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. MIRROR’ and in particular focus on some of the ideas, images and experiences behind the Moroccan part of this story.

Nevertheless, I do hope to encourage children to be enriched and curious, rather than fearful of cultural difference and to see the ‘stranger’ as most probably, in the ways that really matter, not a stranger at all. I then worked on these drawings, over and over and over again, until I got to the point where I could see no way of taking the ideas further and its at this point that I send the layouts drawings, bound into book form, or in this case two parts of a book form, to my publisher.The book, Mirror, by Jeannie Baker is very unique, there are two sides to the book that mirror each other. Most Berber families have, set into the thick mud wall of their main room, a shelf or alcove in which they place their most prized possessions. What links two families, one living in Sydney, Australia, the other in a village in southern Morocco?

One of the joys of working in the medium of picture books and wordless books even more so is the wide scope for discovery and a spectrum of interpretations. I’d expected to be going alone with the women, but Mohamed Bouras (who was acting as my interpreter) had assumed he’d be joining me. Close examination of the details reveals the Moroccan family’s engagement with modern technology and the Australian family’s appreciation of long established craft and culture, while the specific connection between them is made apparent. Two diverse countries and cultures are linked with warmth and charm in this two-in-one picture book.Jeannie Baker was able to mirror the lives of Americans with the lives of the Arab people in an insanely unique way. Visit the carpet Gallery in Kalaat M’Gouna (the small town at the entrance of the Valley of Roses) and speak with the Berber family who own it and live here. Baker's entrancing collages, packed with visual information and created with fabric, sand, vegetation and other unusual materials, have the power to bring back child and adult viewers for infinite 'readings. I like the fact that Jeanne, a native of Sydney of Australia, traveled to Morocco and experienced the culture, the sights and the sounds, as well as the friendliness and warm hospitality of the people there. The final Sydney traffic scene shows an area close to my home (Tiger country) and is much influenced by the actual and wonderful craziness that went with our local team, Tigers, being a player (about four years ago) in the Grand Final Football match.

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