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Sugar and Snails

Sugar and Snails

By Sarah Tsiang
Illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.2.1,2,4,5,6,7,9,10

Reading Level: Lexile 480L
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773210056, 32 pages, March 2018 , 9.0" x 9.0"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773210063, 32 pages, October 2019


A novel twist to a classic rhyme.

Who says that little girls are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice?” Or that boys are made of “frogs and snails and puppy dog tails?” What if girls were made of “boats and snails and dinosaur tails?” And little boys of “flowers and swings and bumblebee wings?”

When the traditional rhyme just doesn’t seem to fit the boy and girl visiting their grandpa, he comes up with a list of unusual alternatives. Soon the children are coming up with their own versions that challenge the old stereotypes with a whimsical list of ingredients. To add to the new quirky version are lively illustrations that beautifully capture the children’s imaginative flights of fancy.

Young readers will delight in the small details of Sonja Wimmer’s vibrant art, and be inspired to think of their own silly examples of what ingredients they might be made of themselves.


“Readers will sense that stereotypes and norms are dissolving with each page turn.” 

- Publishers Weekly, 01/08/18

“A celebration of imagination and the limitlessness of life.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 02/03/18

“A menagerie of delights.” 

- CanLit for Little Canadians, 03/02/18

“Filled with action and imagination.” 

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 09/10/18

“Remix[es] traditional assumptions about gender, encouraging readers to think critically about what they’ve been taught in a non-didactic way.”

- The Globe and Mail, 09/20/18

“Mixes clever and inventive rhyme with gorgeous illustrations to turn gender stereotypes upside down.”

- Dear Author, 12/31/18