Illustrated with elaborate and gorgeous collage constructions, Window is a wordless picture book that speaks volumes.
It begins with a mother and baby looking through a window at a view of wilderness and sky as far as the eye can see.
With each page, the boy grows and the scene changes, from forest, to a single house, to a village and then to a city.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/11/2002
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9780744594874
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Review by pacifickle
Window shows the view out a window of a house as years ago by. In the beginning, a mother holds an infant and stares out into a beautiful scene of nature that is rich in color and texture, which is achieved by the collage effect of the illustrations. Each time you turn the page, another year or two passes, showing the advancement of the neighborhood as well as how the baby grows into an adult. Neighbors move in, concrete driveways are laid, commercial signage becomes visible, and a McDonalds and grocery store are eventually within the window’s view. On the last page, the baby, now a man himself, stands in a new window looking out into a scene of peaceful nature with his own new baby. This book has a message of environmental protection that would make the book relevant to older readers, but also could be shared with infants. These detailed illustrations depict many overlapping textures, making it appear that the Jeannie Baker used items like cardboard, astro turf, handmade paper and perhaps even natural textures like leaves and soil to achieve her effects. The resulting composition contains many rich details on each page, giving something new to notice with each read.