JACK & JILL by Jill Rappaport


The Miracle Dog with a Happy Tail to Tell
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Age Range: 6 - 10
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In this true story some may find familiar from morning television, Jack begins as an abandoned puppy, newly adopted by his human mother Jill (an entertainment correspondent/animal-rights reporter) and ready to learn how to fit in and play with his canine siblings. Told from Jack’s point of view and accompanied by Solomon’s home-style photos that positively illustrate his varying experiences, this story may serve as a teaching tool to help explain serious illness, in pets or humans: With the support of Jill and strong veterinary care, Jack successfully faces bone cancer, amputation and chemotherapy, yet remains an active, fun-loving and friendly dog, eventually named “Ambassadog of Hope for Animal Cancer.” (Jack has since passed away, an aspect of the story not included here.) Children will be able to identify with the main themes, such as adoption, illness, loss, survival and adjustment, and if the text is saccharine in its faux-doggy ingenuousness, it does end with an optimistic outlook designed to provide hope. Includes information on foundations that provide treatment for illness in companion animals. (Informational picture book. 6-10)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-173136-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Collins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2009


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