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Inspire kids of all ages to never give up and always dream big with Dream Big Little Pig, the New York Times bestselling ice skating picture book from Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi!Poppy is a...
Inspire kids of all ages to never give up and always dream big with Dream Big Little Pig, the New York Times bestselling ice skating picture book from Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi!Poppy is a...
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  • Inspire kids of all ages to never give up and always dream big with Dream Big Little Pig, the New York Times bestselling ice skating picture book from Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi!

    Poppy is a waddling, toddling pig with big dreams. She wants to be a star! But she soon discovers that's not as easy as it sounds. It's only when Poppy feels the magic of gliding and sliding, swirling and twirling on ice that our most persistent pig truly believes in herself: Poppy, star of the rink!

    "Follow your
    Dreams!"
    "You go, Girl!"
    "Dream Big, pig!"

    Dream Big Little Pig is the perfect book to inspire little girls with big dreams, and makes a wonderful ice skating gift for girls.

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  • From the book

    Poppy was a pig.

    A pot-bellied, waddling, toddling pig.
    She was a pig with dreams. And she was a pig who dreamed big! She wanted to be a star.

    Poppy had always dreamed of being a posh prima ballerina.

    She tried out for Swan Lake, a famous ballet. But Poppy was not graceful. In fact, she was quite clumsy.

    "Follow your dreams!" said Poppy's mother, who loved her no matter what. "You go, girl!" said Poppy's grandparents, who were her biggest fans. "Dream big, pig!" said Poppy's best friend, Emma, who was always there for her.

    "Dancing is just not for you," said the people in charge of the ballet.

    "Try something else!"

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.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 31, 2011
    Olympic champion figure skater Yamaguchi centers her chipper debut children's book on a "pot-bellied, waddling, toddling pig" who aspires to be a star. Repeatedly encouraged by her mother, grandparents, and best friend, Poppy follows one outsize dream after another, unsuccessfully trying out for roles as a ballerina, singer, and supermodel. " ‘Follow your dreams!' said Poppy's mother, who loved her no matter what. ‘You go, girl!' said Poppy's grandparents, who were her biggest fans.... ‘Dancing is just not for you,' said the people in charge of the ballet." Bowers's (First Dog) pastel-hued cartoons spotlight the piglet's vivid imagination: before each audition, Poppy's glammed-up visions appear in thought balloons over her head. Though her spirits sag after her third failure, her loved ones' support keeps her inspired. Yamaguchi's message is more about determination than preternatural talent; when Poppy turns to ice skating, her persistence pays off—and a twirling, glowing Poppy draws admiring crowds—but even then she's not "perfect." Comedic flourishes, both in the artwork and in the repetition of the praise/criticism Poppy receives, keep the story from feeling overly inspirational. Ages 4–8.

  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2011

    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. Poppy the little pig, fully done up in all tutus, bare shoulders and high heels, reaches for stardom in talent-search competitions for ballet, singing and even modeling. The illustrations capture the disdain of the judges and competitors, especially the tall and slinky feline model's. The "people in charge" (all depicted as animals in Bowers' humorous, workmanlike illustrations) keep telling Poppy, "This is not for you." With each stumble, her glittering smile turns south. But every star needs adoring fans, who turn out in spades for this fame-driven pig. The encouragement of mother, grandparents and friend is not forgotten as Poppy ends up on an ice-skating rink in (groan-inducing) New Pork City. The white space on many of the pages may foretell the ice rink to come, with thought bubbles transforming into successful swirls on ice. Wearing sensible clothing and with the support of a friend, Poppy's determination takes hold, and that makes all the difference. A sincere thank you from Yamaguchi to her family and fans, it's lacking in both captivating plotting and illustration. As celebrity books go, though, it's a cut above many, and the prose styling is refreshingly restrained. (Picture book. 4-8)

    (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2011

    PreS-Gr 1-Another celebrity picture book that falls flat. Poppy wants to be a star. She tries to be a ballerina, a singer, and a model, but just isn't any good. However, she has a personal cheering section: her mom, grandparents, and best friend each have a mantra for her. Just when she is about to give up, she discovers ice skating and, after much practice, becomes good enough to have fans. "Poppy's dreams had come true!" Time passes and she decides she wants to be a pilot. Despite the skepticism of the other pilots, readers know she will try because, "She was a pig who dreamed big." The Disney-esque illustrations are packed with a variety of beguiling animal characters. Poppy is an appealing little pig, and Bowers imbues each creature with a distinctive personality. The artwork is done in a pleasantly subdued palette, and the use of single pages and spreads effectively adds a sense of motion to the story. Unfortunately, the well-meaning plot sends a mixed message. Poppy's endeavors are all to be famous in stereotypical ways. What's more, when the protagonist finally finds something she is successful at, the book doesn't end. Instead, there is the tacked-on ending about becoming a pilot. Yamaguchi's well-meaning effort doesn't live up to the many books about self-esteem that already fill library shelves.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

    Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books naysiabay - i read this before and i really want to read this book again.
  • Booklist

    May 1, 2011
    Preschool-G Poppy the pig dreams of being a ballerina, but she is clumsy. Mama Pig tells her to follow her dreams; her best friend, Emma, tells her to dream big. But her ballet teachers tell her to try something else. Singing? Again, not for her. Supermodel? Uh, no. So she goes back to basics and tries to figure out what she loves to do. When she and Emma go skating, suddenly Poppys heart begins to pound. She wants to be a spectacular ice-skating star. The teacher is unsure, but Poppy is certain, and though she falls and falls again, the persistent pigs dreams indeed come true. It would have been nice if the story had emphasized the pleasure that comes in simply doing the things one loves without expectation of fame. But Poppy is a spunky heroine who can inspire little ones, and the ending carries dreaming into adulthood. Bowers art captures the storys many amusing moments as well as Poppys literal ups and downs. Yamaguchis motto? Always dream.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

  • Smithsonian Asian Pacific American blog "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!""
  • San Francisco Chronicle "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. "
  • Baby Bloomer "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."
  • Imagination-Cafe "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."
  • Raising Maine "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."
  • Newcastle Pacer "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."
  • Bookpleasures ""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."
  • The Mom Around Town " 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 Dirty T Shirt "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."
  • Momma's Review "...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!"
  • Crazed Mind "It is a great story for boys and girls alike who have big dreams and parents who encourage them and help them to strive for their goals. The pictures are beautiful and the story reaches out to little ones and grown ups alike!"
  • Turn the Page Tuesday "This is a great book for little ones who may often find themselves discouraged if they are having trouble doing something, whether it's playing a sport, learning to get dressed or even potty training. Poppy is a sweet, lovable, relatable character who kids will take an instant liking to."
  • Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile "Perfect for any figure skating fans, of course, but appealing to the general masses as well. "

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