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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.

I appreciate how the author/illustrator highlights the desire to know and connect with the rest of the world in both cultures. This picture book compares a life in the day of two boys from two very different cultures: one from Sydney, Australia, and the other from a small village in Morocco.The side of the book to the left featuring the boy in Australia is more fast paced and exciting because of all the people, the cars, and the hustle and bustle of the city that they are a part of. For the TCK, this is a great way to talk about your child’s birth country and the country they are living in now. While the right side is more calm and peaceful because of the desert land, the minimal people around, and the praying. It was my American editor who suggested the Moroccan title, introduction and author’s note in the Moroccan part should be in Arabic.

Typography is another element that is used in the beginning of the book when on the right side, the text on the first couple of pages is in Arabic and also is read from right-to-left. 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. In the process of trying to be authentic and checking the details within my story, I have more and more interesting interactions with Berber people. I ride until I reach a high point overlooking two Kasbahs like two islands in a sea of green beside the river. This innovative picture book comprises two stories designed to be read simultaneously - one from the left, the other from the right.

It lets you experience the lives of two little boys - one from an urban family in Sydney, Australia, the other from Morocco. 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. Lahcen hired a mule for the morning (at some cost to me) He also borrowed a traditional dagger and shoulder bag and a ‘baby’ (a boy of about two, older than I’d wanted.

By submitting a review you grant us the right to display and use it in any way; please read our General Legal Notices for full details. 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. These two intersecting stories are not exactly mirrors of each other so I don’t know that it’s got an ideal title, though the author’s note at the end does explain it, and I enjoyed seeing the inhabitants and scenery in the two settings: the Valley of Roses in southern Morocco and Sydney, Australia, the latter being the author-illustrator’s home. I like Jeanne’s use of both natural and artificial, a clear and often conflicting picture of our own world, our homes and our communities. The backgrounds of the images are mostly blank spaces, making the images seem much more cavernous and helping the reader focus on the subjects.Page by page, we experience the lives of two little boys - one from an urban family in Sydney, Australia, the other from Morocco.

We went to bed early (about 9pm) Fadma, Hammou and the children (relatives of Mohamed) slept in another room to lessen the chances of our being woken in the night. Also, the weaving of the carpet made by the Moroccan family ending up in the Australian home as a 'magic carpet' seems very inappropriate and culturally insensitive. We pass the country trekked the previous day and on to a series of caves, the home of a family of nomads.

Page by page, we experience a day in the lives of two boys and their families – one from inner city Sydney, Australia and the other from a small, remote village in Morocco, North Africa.

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