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Jack and Jill by Jill Rappaport

Entertainment reporter Jill Rappaport has written a wonderful children’s book called “Jack and Jill” that deals with cancer. Jack is one of Jill’s many dogs and he lives a happy life with Jill on her farm, doing the kinds of things that dogs love to do. When bone cancer threatens to destroy everything, Jack gets his leg amputated by the vet to stop the cancer from spreading. The book shows how even though Jack only has three legs and losing one was scary, he goes back to being the same doggy and doing the same things he always loved to do. Filled with photographs of Jack both before and after his amputation, this book might help ease the scariness a child feels when they or someone in their life develops cancer. My favorite part of the book is where Jack writes that he “discovered” that he wasn’t the only three-legged dog in the world-there are lots of other “tripods” all over the place. I know from an interview I saw that sadly, Jack has passed away, but the book does not mention this and the amputation did add several years to his life (good years-not years that he was laying around ill all the time). A great book for animal lovers and/or those dealing with serious illness.

Stacy W

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One Response to “Jack and Jill by Jill Rappaport”

  1. Thanks, Stacy! This is now on my “to be read” list! Another great children’s book, “Two Bobbies: a True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival” by Kirby Larson is a heart-warming tale about a dog and cat surviving for months alone in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. There’s a bit of a surprise revelation about Bob the cat later in the book (I don’t want to spoil it for you) – but, don’t worry, they find a forever home!

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