Jack’s jumper / written and illustrated by Sara Acton.
This book was part of the Notable list for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards – Early Childhood
Jack’s jumper is no ordinary jumper. It is a warm woolly hug, a reminder of those you hold dear and a source of adventure…it is no wonder that someone else likes Jack’s jumper too.” — Back cover.
……..”Jack’s jumper once belonged to his brother Paul.”
Jack’s Jumper is a sweet story about a boy who loves his jumper. The front cover shows a picture of Jack warmly snuggled up in his green blanket. It also highlights the bond between brothers. If you grew up with older siblings, you definitely could relate to this beautiful attachment. The story includes many childhood games like pretend play. It brings back memories when I used to spend playtime with cousins trying to do magic using long sarees and jumpers. Jack’s jumper was handed over from his big brother Paul. I also enjoyed wearing older sibling clothes. Jack loved the smell of his jumper and wouldn’t let anyone wash it which I found hilarious. Later Jack’s pet cat turns the jumper into a pile of wool. Paul surprises Jack with a new jacket.
..….”Jack’s jumper is not just a jumper.”
The author encourages the concept of imagination through the eyes of Jack. The jumper is converted into a den, hat, softball etc. He has all the adventures with it. He is able to play hide and seek, use magic tricks and do dress ups. Jack is also able to become an elephant with the help of his jumper.
……”Sometimes Jack likes to sit at the window and keep a look out for Paul.”
This is also a story of sibling attachment. Jack loves his big brother Paul. They did things together, but Paul now leaves far away. Paul still keeps in contact with Jack. The absence doesn’t affect their bonding. He sent him postcards and later a letter about his return. The excitement of the brother’s reunion is beautifully displayed in the story. In the end Jack has a new jumper, woolly friend, scarf, gloves, hat and bed thanks to his brother Paul. This is a lovely read-out-loud book. Recommended for 3+