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Dream Big, Little Pig! Hardcover – March 15, 2011

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"For the youngest of listeners, the themes found in The Little Engine that Could continue to inspire. Former U.S. Olympic figure-skater Yamaguchi has penned a new version, complete with American Idol flash and glamour.... A sincere thank you from Yamaguchi to her family and fans. As celebrity books go... it's a cut above many, and the prose styling is refreshingly restrained. (Picture book. 4-8)" - Kirkus

"Yamaguchi [now] pens titles for the younger reader ... clever, adorable, inspiring, funny ones at that, this one brought to the colorful page with humor and charm by illustrator Tim Bowers. Little Poppy is a "pot-bellied, toddling, waddling pig ... who dreamed big!"... Being a persistent pig of New Pork City (surely you're giggling now), she's good enough to make the cover of the New Pork Times (snorting yet?). After such success, what's next for our dreamy pig? Here's a hint: "When pigs fly!"" - Smithsonian Asian Pacific American blog

"Olympic figure skating champion, "Dancing With the Stars" winner and Bay Area resident Kristi Yamaguchi drives the point home with fun and flair...The illustrations featuring Poppy and all the animals in her world, including the impala skating instructor and a high-heeled lioness supermodel, are wonderful. " - San Francisco Chronicle

"This is a cute, poignant and inspiring tale that will encourage children to reach for the sky no matter the bumps in the road along the way. The illustrations by Tim Bowers are delightful." - Baby Bloomer

"Dream Big Little Pig is a wonderful tale of persistence and determination. Come take the journey with Poppy as she learns (on a pig's day out) that having fun doing something can sometimes lead to your one true love...The artwork is lively and funny (do I see an American Idol reference?). His [Tim Bower's] pictures will keep your kids engaged and drawn into the story." - Imagination-Cafe

"This little book inspires kids of all ages to dream big, and Yamaguchi's focus on family and perseverance make this title a gold medal choice for the family book shelf." - Raising Maine

"This is a book about not being afraid to dream big. It also illustrates the importance of a good support group to help you fulfill those dreams. Poppy had parents, grandparents and friends that not only believed in her, but who gave her constant encouragement along the way...This is a delightful tale, and Yamaguchi scored a 9.5 on her first attempt at writing a children's book." - Newcastle Pacer

""Follow Your Dreams," says author and Olympic Ice Skater Kristi Yamaguchi in a book that inspires not only children but also adults to go for the gold in every way." - Bookpleasures

" I love that this book is about having dreams. No matter your age, it is always important. I also like that the story teaches that dreams don't always come easily." - The Mom Around Town

"true! I highly recommend sharing "Dream Big Little Pig" with your children, not only are the story and illustrations wonderful but it prompted a great conversation between one of my daughters and myself, a bonus I am so grateful for." - The Dirty T Shirt

About the Author

Following her figure skating victories at the 1992 Winter Olympics and World Championships, Kristi skated professionally for more than a decade. This past year, Kristi Yamaguchi's Friends and Family TV special aired on NBC for the fourth straight year and she was a winner of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Visit

Tim Bowers has illustrated more than 25 children's books and has appeared on the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" list. His artwork has been included in the Society of Illustrators Annual Art Exhibition and the S.I. Humor Exhibition. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio. Contact him at


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402252757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402252754
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was a gem and one that I would recommend highly to anyone with kids. It is a story of determination as well as one that shows kids to achieve their dreams even when they are discouraged. I loved the fact that the main character keeps trying new things until she finds something where she simply excels. I read this to my girls tonight for the first time and they were transfixed! I know that this book will definitely be one that I will keep around in the future!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2011
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Dream Big Little Pig tells the story of Poppy The Pig who has always dreamed about being a star. She tries out for a few different gigs like dancing, modeling and singing and is rejected due to a lack of talent. But the constant support of her family and friends help her to keep getting back up and trying new things until eventually she stumbles across a hobby and career that she loves enough to keep practicing and excel at and eventually Poppy becomes a famous figure skater with a bevy of fans. Her dreams come true because of her commitment to her dream and the support of her loved ones.

I liked this story because it touches upon the idea that simply wanting to be famous will not guarantee success but that practice and determination at a hobby that you truly love just might - especially if you have a strong support network. I think this message is very poignant with the rising amount of kids that see Super Stardom as a feasible career choice, for better or worse.

Aside from that message, this is a book that boasts beautiful illustrations by Tim Bowers and a good read aloud story that your kids will ask for night after night - I know my kids have been hooked on it ever since we got our copy!

*Disclaimer* I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By grammylove on March 17, 2011
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Loved the story...easy for young children to understand the hopes and dreams of little Poppy. Also, nice to know that parents and grandparents love their children no matter what.... The illustrations were just adorable!....I will be giving a copy to each of my 7 grandchildren (all under the age of 7).
Thank you Kristi for such an inspiring story...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Wolf on March 11, 2011
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Back when I was a kid, the Olympics seemed like a much bigger deal than they feel now that I'm an adult. In the early 90's the Olympics were huge, from gymnastics, to skating, to track and field, everything was go big or go home. It was the era of Michael Jordan and the Bulls and we were not about to be impressed by anyone in sports that was subpar. It was around this time that a delicate featured young figure skater took the world by storm. Kristi Yamaguchi was the girl every young girl wanted to be. She was a role model for those that not only wanted to be in sports, but who also needed a role model for character. As I've aged, I've continued to search for strong female role models and I've found few who are as graceful under pressure. Thus, when I found out that she was writing a book for her young daughters, I jumped on the chance to take a look at it and review it.

When you have such a public sports figure, you must assume that they will write about what they know. In this case, the expertise is in things that will make little girls smile and increase their self-esteem and figure skating. In these two realms, Ms. Yamaguchi excels. Dream Big, Little Pig is the story of Poppy, a little girl pig with big ambition, but little ability to follow through on her decisions. She attempts many different "careers" in her dream of being a superstar, but it isn't until she tries figure skating that she finds her niche. During her attempts at various careers, she relies on her supportive family and friends to get her through her disappointments and she ignores those who tell her she can't do something. In the end, Poppy succeeds, her family and friends cheer and little girls learn that they can do anything if they try hard enough and have a little bit of natural talent.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cynderella on March 17, 2011
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Thanks Kristi for a wonderful story about how important it is for children(and Adults too!) to follow their dreams even in the face of discouragement. The illustrations are wonderful and the cover is a work of art all by itself. It will be a great gift for all of my nieces and nephews.Can't wait to see what Poppy takes on next!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria L. on March 22, 2011
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I ordered this book as soon as I saw Kristi Yamaguchi on the "Today" show...I guess those promotional tours authors do really do work! My 5 year old daughter really enjoyed this book. She was captivated by the colorful pictures and the very cute and humorous story. My only wish was that the story was a bit longer. It almost seemed to end abruptly, but a very nice children's story none the less.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. John Legerdemain on March 23, 2011
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It's obvious that Kristi Yamaguchi poured her heart, soul, love, much thought, and personal experiences into this sweet and inspiring book. It may well be that big dreams achieved in the future will be fueled by this book today. The illustrations by Tim Bowers of Poppy and the other characters make the book a wonderful visual treat in addition to being an inspiring story of triumph. Kristi's story of dreaming big, and overcoming challenges and obstacles while working towards one's dreams, is timeless; and I can imagine children inspired by this book today reading it to their own children, and grandchildren, years and decades from now. Any family with children -- and any adult who may have forgotten how to dream -- should definitely get this gem of a book and take its inspiring message to heart.
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