Dogs Don’t Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know by Sarah Tsiang, illustrated by Qin Leng
Here in this cheerful picture book, an older sister explains to her new baby brother that he has a lot to learn. She covers things like the potty, learning to walk, and that things fall down (a lot). She also covers other things that will delight, like the fact the baby has already done something amazing: made her a big sister. The book is filled with small encouragements and nothing negative towards the baby coming into the family and no jealousy. Instead it is a celebration of a new baby, the growth that he will see, and the warm adoration of an older sibling.
Tsiang’s writing here is joyful, filled with the small moments that create a growing baby, the milestones and those smaller times that are too often ignored. She writes with a gentle tone that suits the subject beautifully, tying all of the moments together into one wise older sister’s encouragement for a new baby.
Leng’s illustrations have a great sense of humor and whimsy. The lines are loose and flowing, filled with bright colors and plenty of white space as well.
There are so many books about new babies, but this one is definitely worth looking at. The text and illustrations combine into a noteworthy package that will delight. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from copy received from Annick Press.