Book Summary: 

Two boys, one Australian and one Moroccan, share their day with the reader. The stories are told simultaneously as both sides of the cover reveal two bound texts. Both boys rise before the sun to help their fathers with a task. The boy from Morocco attends a souk (market place) where he and his father sell the rug woven by the mother/wife. Once sold, this boy does an act of kindness before he and his father set off for home after making purchases for their family. The boy from Australia picks up a stray flower in the parking lot of the hardware store where he and his father select what they need to work on their fire place. The boy drops his flower at the store where they purchase a woven rug that looks like the rug the Moroccan family sold. They unload their purchases at home. Both boys share an evening meal and the families enjoy their purchases as a family. The Australian family sit on their new rug as they enjoy the boy’s picture of the family flying on their carpet. The Moroccan family sit together as they explore the world via the internet on the new computer they bought.

Jeannie Baker
Jeannie Baker
Candlewick Press, 2010
Guiding Question: 

Look up the Valley of Roses in Morocco and Sydney, Australia. These are the two settings of this book. Describe how you think the two boys live. Do you think a boy from Morocco and a boy from Australia will have more differences than similarities? How might their lives be different? How might they be similar?


Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

HonestyWhich boy would you like to live like? Why? Think about the boy whose life you didn’t choose. What is good about it? What is similar to yours?

Empathy- What types of things do you think are difficult about each boy's life? How do you think they adjust to the difficulties, or can they? 

AdvocacyRead the following link to find out some of the issues people face that live in Sydney, Australia, one of the story’s settings: https://www.uow.edu.au/~sharonb/STS300/limits/studies/urbanprobs.html Read the following link to find out about the Festival of Roses that takes places in Morocco’s Valley of Roses, one of the story’s settings: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/valley-of-the-roses-discover-moroccos-floral-festival/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d276e3c8

ActionDecide how you and your class can address one of the issues in Sydney and one in the Valley of Roses.