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Jack & Jim

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  66 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
When Jack, a blackbird, ventures out of the woods to see the ocean for the first time, he meets Jim, a gregarious seagull. They fly together all day, and become fast friends. But when they visit Jim's village, their fun ends. They are met with stares and rude remarks. The other seagulls don't like Jack because he looks different.Then Jim discovers that Jack can do somethin ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 11th 2000 by Disney-Hyperion (first published September 18th 1996)
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Jack & Jim is a story about two bird friends. They meet on the seashore one afternoon. Jack being a blackbird dreamt of what it would be like to leave the forest and live near the sea. Jim, a seagull, welcomed him to his town and showed him all he could. The town took some time to get used to this unusual bird, being rude and distant at first. After they learn Jack is not so strange, just a little different, they welcome him too into their town. This is a children's picture book about divers ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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2. PreK-2
3. This book is about a black bird named Jack and a while seagull named Jim who become friends. When Jim's village doesn't accept Jack because he looks different, Jack and Jim leave to find something else to do to cheer Jack up. A little seagull hears Jack reading a book and soon all the seagulls want to meet him, and eventually accept him.
4. I loved this book because of the strong message it sends of diversity, friendship, and acceptance. Jack and Jim's friendship transcends all
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Reading and Friendship are magic.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This children's book is about a young bird named Jack who befriends a "different" bird, a blackbird, named Jim. Ignoring the questionable choice of names for the birds, this book contains a powerful lesson about accepting those who are different from you and celebrating their strengths. Jack is a bird who has many friends on his island. Jim is a newcomer, and because of his physical appearance, he is constantly made fun of. Jack befriends him anyways, and explains that he does not know how to re ...more
Jennifer Bryant
This book tied in diversity very well. Jim is a seagull and Jack is a blackbird. The two meet up and visit one anothers town together. First was Jim's town. It was beside the water. Many other seagulls were there, all of which were white. None of these birds had ever seen a blackbird before and avoided Jack. They made fun of him and didn't want him around. Jack and Jim stuck together. They were looking through a chest full of books when Jim said him didn't know how to read. In fact no one in his ...more
Katrina Kim
* Read when cliques are apparent

* Read when students seem to gang up on a student that is "different"
* Kindergartners, especially young boys I think I would love this book.

* As a literacy teacher I would use this text in a large group
it will help build a community not based on appearance, but rather what is on the inside.

* Help the class to be open minded

The original title of this french book is Mon ami Jim. Translated into English it would read My Friend Jim but they decided to translate the tale into Jack and Jim. Mi amigo Juan makes sense, but I would call it Mi amigo Nico.
Melissa Sommer
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, fantasy
This book is about a bird, Jack, who meets a seagull names Jim. They instantly bond and the book shares their journey of their new friendship together and all the activities they do. I thought this book was a creative way to talk about friendship.
Jason Das
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read it in Spanish! ("Mi amigo Juan")

Good book. Nice enough message about "foreigners". Questionable message about literacy. Maybe all those gaviotas should learn to read now that they've learned to accept the black bird?
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