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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Adoption Book Review: Jack and Almost Jill

I love to see children's books about adoption, and not just for adopted kids.  The more we normalize adoption to all children, the less "different" that makes it. 

My youngest daughters, Hannah and Katie, were adopted from China.  However, there are different ways of adopting.  Jack and Almost Jill is a kinship adoption tale. 

I read Jack and Almost Jill, A True Story of a Twin Adoption with my girls, and we all enjoyed it. 

We may never know why Hannah and Katie's birth families were unable to care for them, but hearing this story gives them one of the reasons why a family might choose adoption for their child or children. 

In the family depicted, there were 3 sets of twins born to the same parents!  We have twins that visit us from time to time, so my girls have a pretty good idea where the phrase "double trouble" comes from. 

Hazel Quintanilla does a great job with whimsical illustrations throughout this easy to read book, geared toward K-3rd graders. 

There is one sentence that might not be appropriate to all adoptees:  "Being adopted means you have two families who think you are very special."  In closed adoptions (be they domestic newborn, foster adoptions, or international), we don't know what the first family thinks, and we need to be cautious about what we assume.  Overall, Jack and Almost Jill is a fun little book that depicts adoption in a very positive light. 

Author Jackie McReynolds-Ruchti also wrote a book about self-confidence and bullying called, Freckles are Fabulous

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  1. My favorite adoption book for little kids is Little Miss Spider . . . but I will say the final line is unfair to birth parents. However, it is a comforting book for young children, without directly using the word "adoption."

    1. I haven't read that one! I'll have to keep an eye out for it.