The great children’s literature specialist Rudine Sims Bishop has talked and written about books for children needing to be both windows and mirrors. This book seems to me to be the epitome of that idea.
There’s so much to talk about here, so I’m looking forward to what you all have to say about this book. In particular, how would you introduce it to children — and in what grade/at what age? Wordless books can be rich resources in classrooms, but I think they work best with some well-considered scaffolding.
Last year The Horn Book published a terrific interview with Baker. It’s not online, but if you can get your hands on the May/June 2013 issue, you can read more about her process and specifically about the people and places that inspired this book.