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Jeannie Baker is a multi-award-winning author and illustrator of a number of children’s picture books, including Window,Belonging and Where the Forest meets the Sea. She says herself that she works very slowly with projects often taking three or four years to complete but they are also designed as travelling exhibitions of artwork, and several projects have also been short animated films which she has directed.

Window | AustLit: Discover Australian Stories Window | AustLit: Discover Australian Stories

Yet with the journey of ahome-madeMoroccan carpet into the Australian boy’s home, we can see how these separatelives become intertwined. The note has a tinge of hope, though I found it sobering, although not as depressing as the story itself.

I’m trying to show exponential change, which is a concept many adults find difficult to understand, in a simplified way so that it can be understood. The work is quite two-dimensional but I play with the little real depth the work has and a strong illusion of perspective is created.

Window by Jeannie Baker | Goodreads Window by Jeannie Baker | Goodreads

I suggested that rather than describing Window as a narrative, a better description for the book would be as a picture poem. It also has a serious purpose, to give children an understanding of how growth affects the world we live in.They will then giveexamples of how both Jeannie Baker and the student incorporated the particularelements of shape, colour and/or texture into the artworks. Texture will be referred to as howa surface actually feels and looks (National Gallery of Art, 2013).

Window | Walker Books Australia Window | Walker Books Australia

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. But a slightly older child would hopefully begin to see the things in the book which are my reasons for doing it.Window is a groundbreaking work which points to one possible direction for books in the future – the wordless picture book. These are all issues that will greatly affect their generation and it is important that children are aware of the social implications that such changes create.

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