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"It's a Big World Little Pig is simply a charming story that is beautifully illustrated by Tim Bowers. I loved the illustrations just as much as the story itself. I always found Kristi Yamaguchi's performances on ice to be amazing to watch, and I get that same warm feeling reading her novel. There's a strong message about overcoming fear that will benefit children too...It's definitely a book to add to your shelves." - Roundtable Reviews

"My 7 year old daughter wanted to read it as soon as she saw this book. The illustrations are fun in the bright colors that she loves; they make the reader smile right along with Poppy." - Jendi's Journal

"Here are my 6 year old niece's thoughts: It was good. I liked the book. I liked how she didn't get nervous and made friends. I liked that she got to see her parents. And they got to go all over Paris - and see the Eiffel Tower (that was very cool)." - Jennifer's Reviews

"Another sweet confection..." - Kirkus

"A delightful tale of perseverance. I shared this with my two daughters, 4 and 7, and they thoroughly enjoyed the story." - Linda Sawyer

"I read this book to my daughters the other night and ever since they have been asking me to read it over and over again. I have to say as a parent I have no problem with this as the messages contained within are ones that I want my daughters to learn and to live on a daily basis. This was a great book that I highly recommend!" - Dad of Divas

" Her new book is – as expected – equally adorable to her first book...Classy Mommy Approved!" - Classy Mommy

"This ranks as one of the best kids book I've read in a long time. There are just so many great messages in It's a Big World, Little Pig! I can definitely see Kristi channeling some of her own personal experiences into this book." - Lisa Reviews

"Sounds so cute! And the best part is that 100% of the proceeds from the book will benefit early childhood literacy programs supported by Kristi's "Always Dream" Foundation.

Very, very impressive." - Perezitos

"It seems like wherever Poppy goes though, she seems to inspire everyone!!" - OKC Mommy

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.

Even at a young age, Tim Bowers's artwork reflected a strong sense of humor and an interest in animals. Prior to illustrating children's books, Tim worked as an artist for Hallmark Cards, helping to launch the popular Shoebox Greetings card line. He has illustrated more than 25 children's books and garnered various awards including 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, as well as featured in children's magazines and used on a wide variety of products. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio. Contact him at www.timbowers.com

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; First Edition edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402266448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402266447
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica at Cracking the Cover on April 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As with "Dream Big, Little Pig!" "It's a Big World, Little Pig!" is an upbeat book about positive pig power. Instead of the competition of the World Games, Kristi focuses on friendship and facing fears. There's nothing about winning or losing, just performing to the best of your ability, which is a fine lesson for young children.

Most of all, "It's a Big World, Little Pig!" is a fun read. The illustrations are bright and bold, and all of the characters have great personality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By little island studios on March 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just got this...absolutely love it! It's so hard sometimes for kids (and adults) to make friends, especially going to a new place or country. Poppy gets an amazing opportunity to follow her dreams and it takes her to Paris! being a little unsure if she would make any friends...she quickly meets some new girls and discovers not how different everyone is...but how much they have in common.

The thing I like most about this book is the author, Kristi Yamaguchi, does not focus on winning (they actually never tell you who won); but focuses on family being proud of her for following her dreams (whatever that may be), and the whole experience of the adventure! Whether you like ice skating or not...girl or boy, no matter what nationality...we all smile in the same language.

"It's a big world, little pig, but remember that everyone smiles in the same language!" - Poppy's friend, Emma.

I very much enjoyed this book, perfect for girl or boy, 2 and up.

I received this book from the publisher and no other compensation was given, opinions (good or bad) are my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gimme The Scoop on March 21, 2012
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Awww I just jumped at the chance to read this one not only because of the beautiful illustrations but because I am a sucker for Little Piggies! I know! I know! I am strange but I been collecting figurines and items with little piggies for ages.

With my confession made this story was really adorable with Little Pig venturing off to a new country to compete in the ice skating competitions. She was very excited and scared all at once but she had big dreams and didn't let her fear hold her back.

The underlying meaning I got from the story was to follow your dreams and don't let fear hold you back!
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This second delightful children's story by Kristi Yamaguchi starring the adorable sweetheart Poppy the Pig opens with Poppy receiving an invitation to compete in the figure skating competition of the World Games, in Paris, France. Rather than focusing on the competition, however, the story instead focuses on Poppy spreading good will among several athletes from other, far-flung nations, whom she meets and quickly befriends. As she does so she finds that, despite their different backgrounds, she and her new friends have many more things in common than they do differences. In fact, the theme of the story is summed up nicely by this passage, from the last page, which is what Poppy writes in postcards addressed to her new friends: "Even though we are from different parts of the big world, we all smile in the same language!" As to who wins the World Games events? Well, it could be said that Poppy and her newfound friends are all winners. Incidentally, given the grace, the graciousness, and the class that Kristi Yamaguchi has always shown throughout all her years in the public eye, I can well imagine her spreading exactly the same kind of goodwill among her fellow international athletes during her competition years. The superb illustrations by Tim Bowers wonderfully depict the varied expressions of Poppy and the other characters in the book; and the vibrancy of his artworks causes them to almost leap off the page. Near the end of the book, keep an eye out for a wonderfully funny rendition of "The Mona Lisa," guaranteed to cause a good chuckle. As one who formats books for a living, I can tell you that the production values of this book are first-rate; and it is obvious to me that Kristi and everyone else involved in creating this book put much thought, much hard work, and, most of all, much love into it. This is a treasure of a book that will make readers both young and old smile, regardless of their language.
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[This review also appears on Andi's Kids Books.]

Poppy is a pig who has dreams of being a star on the ice. All of her friends and family encourage her to do so and she gets invited to the World Games. Poppy is nervous to go all the way around the world. When in the Athlete's Village, she is worried that she isn't going to be able to make any new friends nor understand all of the different languages. She quickly befriends a Chinese skater named Li. She meets all kinds of different animals from around the world, sharing their customs and exchanging phrases in their native languages. It's all about being supportive of children's dreams and making friends around the world. The message is, "We all smile in the same language!"

You can feel Kristi's passion for her sport and love for people all around the world in her book. This is one that would go well with my multicultural collection.

The adorable illustrations remind me of Richard Scarry at times. They are simple and sweet. I really liked it.

I was provided with an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madeline Marie Schnurr on April 9, 2012
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Very satisfied! My niece received the book in perfect order. She was very happy with it and will read it over and over again.
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