Jack and Almost Jill: A True Story of a Twin Adoption

By Jackie McReynolds-Ruchti Illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla Wisdom House Books, Inc., 2017, ISBN: 978-0-9992198-0-0, $17.99 “Jack and Almost Jill” is a simple tale of the adoption of twins — Jack and Jackie. Jackie, who was adopted with her brother Jack, by their aunt and uncle shares the story of their journey to their adoptive family in this colorful children’s book. Jack and Jackie grow up together in their happy family and experience the joy of being loved by two families. “Jack and Almost Jill” is a happy little adoption story with a lot of bright colors and light-hearted dialogue. “Jack and Almost Jill” is a nice little book for adoptive families to read at bedtime. It doesn’t delve too deeply into any of the issues, but just shares the story of one family’s adoption of twins. Interestingly, Jack and Jackie are late-discovery adoptees even though they were adopted by family, which isn’t shared in the book. In the December 2017 issue of Adoption Today, Jackie shares a more in-depth version of her childhood and what it meant to learn at an older age that she and her brother were adopted. While the book is a nice cute, quick read for children, her story of being a late-discovery adoptee is equally interesting, and something older adopted may relate to well. — Reviewed By Kim Phagan-Hansel  

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