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Reviewed by Miche Arendse for Readers' Favorite
Jill Out of the Box by Rachelle Jones Smith is about a toy who loves springing up and surprising whoever is waiting on the other side. Jill always looks forward to the moment the handle is turned and she is wound up, ready to jump out with all her might. As Jill is passed on from her previous owner she is played with less and less, until one day she is left all alone on a shelf. Eventually, Jill is put out with the trash, no longer able to bring joy to children, until a toymaker finds her and helps her to bring a smile to a child’s face once again.
Jill Out of the Box by Rachelle Jones Smith is a sweet tale that embodies the saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. Jill seemingly loses her purpose as she is no longer valued and is discarded until the toymaker comes along and fixes her up. The toymaker sees the potential in Jill and enables her to bring joy to another child who will appreciate her and the fun she can bring. Jill never gave up hope, even when she is left on the shelf. This story has a wonderful lesson that is told creatively. This, along with the unique artistic illustrations done by Marco V. Patrocino, make for a lovely story that should have a place on every child’s bookshelf.