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Mirror by Jeannie Baker | Class #1, 2016

mirrorWordless books present an interesting challenge to adults who share them with children. Is there a right way to read them?

The great children’s literature specialist Rudine Sims Bishop has 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 look at here. The format is unlike any other books I’ve seen. The juxtaposition of two cultures is done cleverly and, I think, with a great deal of subtlety and empathy. Can you spot the character who appears in both stories? Do you have thoughts about how you might prepare to share this book with children?

Carli Spina, one of the TFs in this year’s course, blogged about using wordless books in the classroom here last year.

To see the other readings for this week, click on the tag link below: “Mar 24 2016 readings

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Lolly Robinson is the creative director for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children's literature and teaches children's literature at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogs for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.

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