Who says dogs can’t eat soup?
KEC alumna to release debut children’s book
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Has anyone ever told you that you can’t do something because of who you are?
“Sometimes, as woman you’re told you can’t do things,” said Jolene Olive, author of the new children’s book Dogs Don’t Eat Soup. “Or a man might feel like they can’t do something because of who they are. Sometimes you have these inner voices that say because you’re this, you can’t do that.”
Dogs Don’t Eat Soup is Olive’s response to that nagging voice. The book, which was initially conceived as simply a tale the mother of two told her young daughters, is now available for pre-order, with an official launch slated for December.
“I have this creative brain that’s always thinking of ideas,” Olive said. “This was just one of them, I worked on it a little bit a few years ago. I wrote the first copy, read it to my kids a couple of times and then forgot about it.”
Dogs Don’t Eat Soup is Olive’s first book. She said she is pleased with the end product, which is printed by Friesens here in Manitoba, and hopes others will connect with the story, which was inspired in part by her ever-curious dog Roger.
“It’s a story of someone who wants to do something that they’ve always believed they can’t or shouldn’t do,” she said. “The message is don’t believe you can’t do something…”
Currently, Olive is the communications manager for Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba. But the Kildonan-East Collegiate alumna got her start as a reporter for the Lac du Bonnet Leader back in 2004. A year ago, her and her family moved from East Kildonan to Lac du Bonnet.
A graduate of Red River College’s creative communications program, Olive has spent much of her career working in marketing and design and communications. It was a chance connection with illustrator Josie Ta, who took graphic design at Red River, last year that breathed new life into Dogs Don’t Eat Soup.
“As soon as I saw her illustrations, I thought of this book,” Olive recalled. “I asked if she was willing to work with me, do some illustrations, basically just for my own kids, and nieces and nephews and what not. But as soon as I saw the drawings, I knew it needed to have a bigger audience. Everything came together so beautifully that I knew it needed a bigger audience.”
For more information, or to pre-order Dogs Don’t East Soup, visit joleneolive.bigcartel.com
Sheldon Birnie is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time. Email him at email@example.com Call him at 204-697-7112