Jack and Jill: The Miracle Dog with a Happy Tail to Tellby Jill Rappaport, Linda Solomon (Illustrator)
This is the true story of an abandoned puppy that was rescued by NBC's Today show correspondent Jill Rappaport. Jill named him Jack, and together they lived on a farm. Life with Jill was grand, all right! Jack spent his days running through fields, digging holes, playing with the horses, and chasing deer. But one day Jack's leg started to hurt. When Jill/b>
This is the true story of an abandoned puppy that was rescued by NBC's Today show correspondent Jill Rappaport. Jill named him Jack, and together they lived on a farm. Life with Jill was grand, all right! Jack spent his days running through fields, digging holes, playing with the horses, and chasing deer. But one day Jack's leg started to hurt. When Jill took him to the vet, she received bad news. Jack had bone cancer. In order to beat the disease, Jack's hurt leg had to be removed. Would life with only three legs be as grand as it was before?
Jack & Jill is the story of a brave dog and his loving owner making it up the hill together. Told from Jack's point of view and with beautiful photographs by Linda Solomon, the message of hope in this book will inspire children and adults alike.
The Ambassadog of Hope for Animal Cancer, a bright-eyed German Shepherd, tells his cancer-survival tale, which begins with his rescue as an abandoned puppy and how fortunate he was to be rescued by Jill and have her as his Mom. "Once upon a time," Jack begins and then tells his experiences growing up in a household with other rescue animals. His voice sounds like Jill's voice, especially when he describes himself as a "small German Shepherd with a very sweet disposition." Despite this flaw, his narrative sustains an upbeat tone punctuated initially by some grainy but well-centered photographs, which look like family snapshots. As the story proceeds, the family moves to a farm where he experiences the joys of chasing deer, digging holes, and running through fields. This is the point where the photography starts to look sharp, professional, and posed; shadows are artistically set, and the clarity pops. The pain suffered in his left leg is diagnosed as cancer; amputation and chemotherapy follow, but with none of the harsh realities pictured and only a minor amount summarized in the text. His perfectly healed-over wound and other pictures of Jack recovering show him becoming the same fun-loving dog he was before the surgery. To those who object to blatant anthropomorphization, Rappaport's story is a quick pass, but for those collections in need of strong bibliotherapy to help children through their dog's cancer, this is a good choice.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
- HarperCollins Publishers
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Jill Rappaport is an Emmy-nominated entertainment correspondent for NBC's Today show and the author of the New York Times bestselling People We Know, Horses They Love and Mazel Tov: Celebrities' Bar and Bat Mitzvah Memories, both featuring photographs by her sister, Linda Solomon. Jill is currently designing her own clothing line for Pendleton with a portion of the proceeds benefiting animals.
Linda Solomon is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times. She is the founder of a Picture of Hope, a nationwide program that provides cameras to homeless children.
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