Jack and Jim
Longing for adventure, Jack the blackbird decides one day to venture outfrom his forest home to seek the excitement of the sea. There he encounters adashing seagull named Jim, who welcomes Jack into his life and shows him thewonders of his seaside village. Unfortunately, the other (white) gulls aren't sohospitable. "Who's that funny bird," old Captain Seagull asks. In spite of Jim'sefforts to defend his friend, the villagers can't seem to get beyond Jack'sdifferences. Until, that is, they learn that he has a skill none of them do.Jack's ability to read funny stories from an old washed-up box of books wins thefriendship of the crusty gulls, and interspecies harmony abounds at last.Though the story has an innocent sweetness to it and the plot line is pleasantlymeandering, the denouement seems forced as lessons about the importance oftolerance and the value of literacy are blurred. No question, the book's shiningglory is in its illustrations. Kitty Crowther's ink and watercolor pictures arequirky and appealing, with the seagulls dressed in jaunty stripes and Jack theblackbird in a handsome red shirt. The seagulls in the village have a mean,quarrelsome look about them, while Jack's and Jim's open expressions reflecttheir unbiased hearts. (Ages 4 to 7) --Emilie Coulter
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Written by Kitty Crowther. This is such a cute book. Jack is a blackbird and Jim is a seagull. Jim invites Jack over, but Jack is feeling very uncomfortable being among other seagulls. Jim doesn’t seem to mind and he even discovers that Jack can do something his seagull friends can’t do, read. He feels that the other seagulls are judging him. In the end Jack is accepted and makes a lot of new friends. Although children may not fully understand the concept of this book, the adults who read it to their children will and can instill in their children’s minds the importance of acceptation and friendship. This book also illustrates the theme of immigration. Children will love the fun watercolors and the characters.
This book explores themes of diversity and friendship between Jack, a blackbird, and Jim, a seagull. Despite their differences, they love each other’s unique and differentiating qualities. This must read children’s book explores watercolors and unique language to show kids that it doesn’t matter what we look like, it matters what is on the inside.