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Children's Fiction Siblings

Dogs Don't Eat Jam

by (author) Sarah Tsiang

illustrated by Qin Leng

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2011
Siblings, Girls & Women, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2011
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 6


New babies have a lot to learn; lucky for them, the older sibling in this delightful picture book is here to tell them everything they have to remember … and look forward to. Whether it’s advice on turning regular people into parents, learning how to go—and stop—or figuring out the most important words (Mama! Dada! Up!), Dogs Don’t Eat Jam is filled with useful tips and lessons from an experienced older sibling that will help newborns navigate the uncertainties of their new world.

Following on the heels of the much-praised A Flock of Shoes, Sarah Tsiang and Qin Leng team up for a second time in this playful picture book. It’s the ultimate guide for newborns from an older, wiser sibling.

About the authors

Sarah Tsiang is an award-winning poet as well as a children's book author. Her books with Annick Press include A Flock of Shoes, Dogs Don't Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know, Warriors and Wailers: 100 Anicent Chinese Jobs You Might Have Relished or Reviled, and The Stone Hatchlings. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China. At the age of five, she moved with her family to Bordeaux, France, where she spent the next four years. Soon after, she moved to Montreal, where she spent the rest of her childhood. Having been born in Asia but raised in the West, she uses both cultures as her source of inspiration. Looking at her illustrations, one can see the presence of both East and West.Qin Leng comes from a family of artists, where the visual senses have always been of the utmost importance. She grew up watching her father work with acrylics, pastel, and ink. Father and daughter often spent their days drawing side by side. Drawing first started as a hobby, but soon became a way of expression.Despite her many years of study to become a biologist, Qin decided at the age of 20 to follow the same path as her father and enrolled in the School of Cinema to study Film Animation at Concordia University. She has produced animated shorts, which were nominated in various nationa

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Editorial Reviews

“Leng's mixed-media art creates lively scenes of domestic bliss (and drama).”

Publishers Weekly, 12/12/11

“This is a great read-aloud book that celebrates the joy, excitement, and love that come with the arrival of a new baby . . . an excellent gift for any child gaining a sibling.”

Quill & Quire, *starred review, 12/11

Librarian Reviews

Dogs Don’t Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know

The big sister in this story is more than happy to teach her new baby brother all he needs to know. From learning how to drink milk and get Mom and Dad’s attention to potty training and dressing oneself, she explains what it’s like to grow up. A perfect book for children who are about to welcome a new sibling into the family.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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