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It's a Big World, Little Pig! Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 6, 2012

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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.

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).

Another sweet confection...

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!

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

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.

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.

It seems like wherever Poppy goes though, she seems to inspire everyone!!

This is a great book with positive messages for children ages 4 and up. My nearly 8-year old really enjoyed it, too.

I think the message is very valuable about overcoming your fears and understanding that while people may have differences, you can make friends no matter the language. I think this book is great to help your preschooler and elementary school child with learning to read.

It's a Big World, Little Pig! is a sweet book with a nice message about overcoming fears and finding commonalities wherever you are.

Tobin loved the book and I was surprised that he was able to sit through the whole thing and has requested that we read it several times. So even though I think a little girl would absolutely adore this book, I think it's also a great book for boys too! I think children of all ages will love this book, as well as adults. It has a great message and beautiful artwork.

What a wonderful juvenile fiction story! I can hardly wait to share It's a Big World with my grandbaby. The sequel is as good as its inspiration. Its heroine is every little girl. Its play on words is delightful. Its positive messages on universality and diversity are
ageless.

I would definitely recommend this fun story to anyone out there with big dreams. This book is well-written, beautifully illustrated, and is sure to become a fast favorite. My daughter loves It's a Big World, Little Pig, and hopefully this story will help her to face her fears and gain confidence as she grows and develops dreams of her own!

This is the perfect book for any child about to embark on a new and different escapade in their life, such as school or moving or even starting on a new club, like girl scouts or hockey!

My kids really enjoyed this book. They liked Poppy's costume and smiled at the different characters. While I'm not sure they fully absorbed the message in a single read I know this book will help foster a strong sense of their ability to accomplish anything they set out to.

The story is just so empowering and delivers this wonderful message abut overcoming your fears, which is great inspiration for children.

I think I enjoyed this book more than the original Poppy story, Dream Big, Little Pig! Maybe it's because the background world is so developed; Poppy shares the spotlight with a number of other athletes from around the world. Maybe it's because the message is less on "I want to be a star!" and more on how great it is to make friends.

It will be a nice addition to our book collection and perfect for winter themes and talks about the Olympics.

This book is adorable and teaches a great lesson. The illustrations are bright and fun. My son enjoyed all the colors and great illustrations. I love that it is hard cover and can withstand my two year old's rough way of reading books.

Yamaguchi did a great job writing this cute story that lets children know their dreams are never too big to accomplish. It is simply but nicely written and brightly illustrated with fun pictures by Tim Bowers that any child would enjoy.

My kids enjoyed hearing the story, especially six-year-old Emily. "When are we signing up for figure skating lessons, Mommy?" I hope your children enjoy this heart-felt story as much as mine did.

I absolutely LOVED that her friend said, " It's a big world, little pig, but remember that everyone smiles in the same language!" I never really thought about it before, but that is such a true phrase that we can all use with all the different things we have to face!

A great book that shares the message that even though we are all different, we are all human first. Poppy is a positive and relatable character that shows with persistence, anything is possible.

As a parent, I love this book and how Kristi Yamaguchi helps to show that fears are normal when you do something new and different... The educator in me adores how this book could convert to many teachable moments with older children.

IT'S A BIG WORLD, LITTLE PIG brings together many cool themes (besides ice): following your dreams, making friends, diversity, independence, and doing your best. And it's all rolled up in a figure-skating package! What could be more perfect?

Teaching a child to dream is so very important and Poppy helps to encourage this. She also shares a very important lesson-- a smile is the same in each and every language.

Kristi Yamaguchi's first bestselling children's book, Dream Big, Little Pig is followed by a second installment featuring figure skater Poppy in It's a Big World, Little Pig. Tim Bowers' illustrations are finely-drawn definitions of the animal characters, perfectly catching their expressions in bright and airy colors.

Introduced in last year's bestselling, award-winning Dream Big, Little Pig!, tenacious little Poppy did just that and proved that pigs can indeed fly ... especially on the ice! Her creator, of course, is the legendary skater Kristi Yamaguchi (whose skates and skating dress have found a home in the Smithsonian – click here to check out those Olympian boots, click here to see her dress). Once again, illustrator Tim Bowers imbues Poppy with charming energy to spare ...

This book was a huge hit with my girls...We loved how the story told us a few different ways to say hello in different languages...What makes it even better is that 100% of the profit is donated to a literacy foundation! I love when celebrities use their fame and talent to help make a difference in the lives of others.

Will delight small fans of ice skating and those who like colorful pictures with animals...parents and children will enjoy it together.

The concept is in itself endearing, and the writing style clearly reflects Yamaguchi's connection with young ones (specifically, her two adorable girls). At its core, the story is about encouragement and acceptance-themes that are perfectly complimented by Tim Bowers' soft and cheery illustrations, which are also perfect for engaging those too young to read along with mom.

Yamaguchi's linear story and message of "always dream," the name of her foundation, will not be lost on even the smallest listener. Tim Bowers' flashy, energized illustrations add light humor to the text where children will wonder what Poppy Pig's next big dream will be.

Bowers' illustrations are the highlight of the book, with all the animal characters possessing distinct personalities. Also, I think it's commendable that one hundred percent of Kristi's profits from It's a Big World, Little Pig! will benefit early childhood literacy programs through her Always Dream Foundation.

Children can benefit from Poppy's determination and willingness to try new things and go new places. Leanrning about different cultures and people is important for all kids- it will help them be better world citizens.

The book teaches a good lesson that we all look different, but everyone smiles in the same language. The illustrations are adorable, and my daughter, a girly girl preschooler, loved the skating theme.

As a parent, I love this book and how Kristi Yamaguchi helps to show that fears are normal when you do something new and different...The educator in me adores how this book could convert to many teachable moments with older children.

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.

This book is adorable! The story is sweet and the illustrations are completely cute. A great book to share with children.

Accompanied by cheerful illustrations of Poppy happily skating and interacting with her friends from other countries, the book emphasizes the intangible rewards of taking on challenges and learning about the world rather than winning.

My 6 year old daughter and I read this together. We both loved it. This is a great encouraging read for young children.

You can feel Kristi's passion for her sport and love for people all around the world in her book...The adorable illustrations remind me of Richard Scarry at times. They are simple and sweet. I really enjoyed this book.

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
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402266448
  • ASIN: B009D7YNHM
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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When you dream big just remember it could come true. Although it could be scary, you must follow your heart. Poppy the pig loved to ice skate. She was so good that she was invited to skate at the World Games in Paris.

“Paris was far away from Poppy's home in New Pork city. Poppy was excited to see new places, but she was scared about being so far from home.”

Once Poppy arrived she began to make new friends from all around the world. She remembered the advice of her best friend Emma. She told her, “everyone smiles in the same 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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