Hardcover Candlewick Press, 2010
Price: USD 20.17
Description: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 x 28 cm
Dewey: -E-; Audience: Lower Elementary
From the publisher: Grades Pre-K/K-4; Ages 5-9
From Booklist: Preschool-Grade 3; Kirkus: All ages; PW: Ages 5-7; SLJ: PreS-Gr 4; read the full-text reviews


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Story mainly without words, with some English and Arabic.;Parallel title in Arabic characters. In Sydney, Australia, and in Morocco, two boys and their families have a day of shopping. Readers are invited to compare illustrations in two wordless stories that are intended to be read one from left to right and the other from right to left.

From the Publisher
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.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2010
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 x 28 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-4848-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-4848-0
  • LCCN: 2009-050391
  • Follett Number: 0063FCX
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Grades: Pre-K/K-4
  • Ages: 5-9
  • Booklist: Preschool-Grade 3
  • Kirkus: All ages
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 5-7
  • School Library Journal: PreS-Gr 4
  • Fountas & Pinnell: WB

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 02/15/11
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 01/01/11
  • Horn Book Magazine, 05/01/11
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 01/01/11
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 10/01/10
  • Library Media Connection starred, 01/01/11
  • New York Times, 11/01/10
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 10/25/10
  • School Library Journal starred, 01/01/11
  • Wilson's Children, 09/01/11

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (February 15, 2011 (Vol. 107, No. 12))
Preschool-Grade 3. This quiet, inventive, mostly wordless picture book follows two boys on opposite sides of the world through a single day, highlighting the differences and universalities in their lives. Meant to be read simultaneously, the stories appear side by side as separate mini-books bound within the same covers, while brief, introductory lines of text in English and Arabic introduce the boys, one in urban Australia and one in rural Morocco. The wordless accounts begin in strict parallel, with pages subdivided into symmetrical scenes of each boy’s family life, from breakfast to daytime excursions and finally to supper. Baker allows her stories to unfold naturally, and the cultural connections never feel forced; the boys investigate a curiosity at the market or remember a younger sibling, each in his own way. That sense of verisimilitude gives a depth to the simple, common experiences, which resonate across pages and cultures. In disparate, detailed landscapes rendered in her trademark style of three-dimensional, mixed-media collage, Baker creates a moving reminder of what we all share.

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