Jack and Almost Jill- A True Story of a Twin Adoption
By Jackie McReynolds-Ruchti
Illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla
In this autobiographical tale, infant twins Jack and Jackie are adopted and brought to a new home on a farm. With their new family, Jack and Jackie have adventures catching frogs and fireflies, eating tomato sandwiches, and playing pretend with their new big brothers and sister. They discover that the love in an adopted family is the same as in other families--because family is all about love.
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Meet Author- Jackie McReynolds-Ruchti
Jackie Ruchti understands life through the eyes of adopted children. As an adoptee herself, Jackie knows the importance for adopted children to feel loved and accepted.
As a young girl, Jackie loved going to school. Her favorite part of school was library time, music, and art. She enjoyed writing poems as a childhood pastime.
Jackie began writing short stories in college. An instructor who was impressed with her writing encouraged her to pursue a future in writing. But it wasn’t until later in life, and after the death of her twin brother, that she became passionate about writing. Her inspiration comes from adventures and memories of growing up on the Ohio River.
In Jack and Almost Jill, Jackie shares her own adoption story in a family picture book. The book reminds readers that adoption happens for many different reasons. Readers will learn that adoption is a special part of life that begins with great love.
Jackie is a wife and overjoyed grandmother. She was born in Indiana and now lives in her childhood, home of Evansville, Indiana where she revels in the great outdoors with her husband and their adopted schnauzer mix Frankie.
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