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Jack and Jill Magazine

Jack and Jill Magazine

Spring 2017 Magazines
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.

Jack and Jill, a children's magazine that has been published for seventy-five years, is geared towards children ages six through twelve. It includes several main sections: Things to Read, Things to Do, and All About You. Meet the Artist provides biographical information and artwork by famous artists such as Matisse, Picasso, and Jackson Pollock; Wacky Wildlife presents fun facts and attractive photographs of animals such as sea stars, ring-tailed lemurs, flying frogs, and clouded leopards. And, the Kid Review features a book or movie review written by one of the magazine's readers. Jack and Jill is clearly health conscious as well; a Forever Fit section presents topics such as "Winter Workouts," (swimming, karate, and cheerleading) encourages children to "Swap Out Sugar" by explaining how sugar affects the body, how to read nutrition labels, how to compare fresh and pre-prepared meal options, and how to make healthy choices. This section also features a healthy recipe; for example, children can make a face out of vegetables, bake zucchini fries, or try fresh kale chips. The magazine also includes Puzzle Pages, Coloring Pages, and step-by-step Drawing activities. There are crafts such as Scribble Art, making mini-zines, and squirt-gun painting. Sections that feature readers' letters, artwork, reviews and poetry give youngsters a sense of ownership that can increase their engagement and, in turn, encourage reading.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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