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Dream Big, Little Pig! Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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"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 www.kristiyamaguchi.com
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 www.timbowers.com
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Thank you Kristi for such an inspiring story...
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used this book with first grade to get ready for career day. It was great!! Fun and interactive.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
My 3 year old granddaughter and I enjoyed the book very much! The alliteration was fun! The idea of family and others celebrating Poppy through all of her trials was fantastic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pam Woods
I liked this book because she did not give up.
She tried again and again.
She tried different things. Kudos!
This is a cute book for younger girls. My five year old daughter commented that "it was too long." I agree. Very cute and inspiring.. but a little lengthy.Published 14 months ago by jesc