Dream Big, Little Pig!

Dream Big, Little Pig!


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New York Times Bestseller!

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

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!

Kristi Yamaguchi is an ice-skating Olympic gold medalist and world champion who knows how to make dreams come true. Through her picture book debut, Kristi inspires children of all ages to dream big!

Kristi Yamaguchi is an Olympic figure skating champion and winner of Dancing With the Stars. Her motto "Always Dream" contributed to her success on and off the ice and is one that she aspires to instill in the hearts of children. Kristi currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and their two young daughters.

Tim Bowers has always had a love for animals. In fact, he enjoyed spending time at his grandparents' home visiting their furry friends, which at one time, included a pet pig named Porky! Tim has illustrated more than twenty-five children's books and received numerous awards for his delightfully sweet and silly illustrations. He often visits schools to promote literacy and to share his experience and love for illustrating children's books. Tim Bowers lives in Ohio with his wife. Visit him at www.timbowers.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402252754
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 202,422
Product dimensions: 9.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

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

Read an Excerpt

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!"

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"A beautiful book with a great message...The illustrations are lovely—bright and colorful." - What is Bridget Reading?

"The writing is perfect for reading aloud to one child or a room full and is the newest addition and current favorite on our bookshelf. " - The Mommy Blog

"Illustrator Tim Bowers provides the cutesy pink frou frou, and Yamaguchi, whose successful stint on "Dancing with the Stars" proves her own vocational versatility, takes on a new career herself as picture book author." - Books For Kids Blog

"Poppy the Pig learns that persistence pays off when following your dreams in this debut picture book from Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi...The book's cover features a glittery pink and purple ice-skating pig. Despite the girlie colors, the humor of the drawings and Poppy's determined spirit should appeal to boys as well as girls. " - San Diego Union Tribune

"My five year-old and I enjoyed reading this story about Poppy together a couple of times. I think she even read it to herself at least once. I love how Kristi Yamaguchi has characters that encourage Poppy to chase her dreams. It's what every child, and especially every young girl needs to hear. " - A Book a Day

"If I have to give some boost for my child to dream big, I will reach for this book. This was an easy to read, fun and thought provoking story. " - Toddler Tales by Mommy

"As the book says, a little pig's dreams can never be too big, and Poppy found that with hard work and not giving up you can reach your dreams. What a positive message, especially for little girls!" - Momma's Bacon

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Dream Big, Little Pig 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book to teach children about self esteem and to have the confidence to follow their dreams. A pig that tries all sorts of different activities that she does not succeed at is encouraged by her very supportive family to keep trying. The little pig doesn't give up, and she eventually discovers that she is good at ice skating. I love the message that this book teaches children!
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It's perfect for little girls because it teaches the importance of following your dreams. You can achieve anything if you work hard and don't give up. With a positive message, beautiful illustrations and enjoyable story, Dream Big, Little Pig! is sure to be a huge success with the little girl in your life.
LoveToReadJFE More than 1 year ago
The children loved this heartwarming story . . . the book, with its positive message, should be part of every child's library. Delightfully written and illustrated, this book is a winner.
violapig More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book on my NOOK! I love this book. It teaches kids to not give up and to try new activities!
Princesamonica More than 1 year ago
I really like this book my daughter really enjoyed reading it :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loved this book and it was just her level and she loved it so much. It was so cute and amazing she loved dream big, little pig
blueshelled on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Back when I was a kid, that¿s right y¿all, batten down the hatches it¿s a middle school reminiscence, 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.¿Dream Big, Little Pig¿ is nicely written and a book that is good for ages 4-7. It has adorable illustrations by Tim Bowers that are full of glitter and pink and purple and all things girlie. This is very definitely a girl-power book and the phrase ¿You go, girl¿ is used repeatedly. This one isn¿t for the little men, but the message is still a good one for any little ones that might need a little self-esteem boost¿or who just like an excellent, pretty book.
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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Poppy the pig had big, big dreams! She loved to sing, dance and even hoped to one day walk the runway as a model. Poppy wanted to be a star! But when Poppy tried out for Swan Lake, she discovered she wasn't as graceful as the other dancers and she didn't get the part. Her parents and grandparents, however, encouraged her not to give up; to dream her dream and keep trying. Next up for Poppy was a local singing competition. Would she win? Poor Poppy couldn't sing a note and was tone deaf to boot. The judges told her that singing was not for her and the little pig with big dreams had to find another path to her dreams. But again her family and friends sent encouragement her way. "Follow your dreams," "You go, girl!" and "Dream big, pig!" were some of the words of support sent her way. What could Poppy could that she would both excel at and enjoy? Maybe modeling was her ticket to stardom. Nope, another flop but then the little pig realized that the thing she loved the most was not a "something" but rather her family and friends. They were what really mattered to the little pig. To celebrate, Poppy decided to take her best friend Emma ice skating. And then something magical happened - while the little pig at first flipped and flopped on the ice, she discovered that she loved skating and didn't give up. Would Poppy's dream finally come true? This is an absolutely adorable story of a pig who refused to give up and kept trying, even when it looked like she'd never succeed. With the love and support of her family and friends Poppy finally found what she truly loved to do and along the way realized how important her family and friends were to her. The author manages to convey two important lessons - never give up and how important the love and support of family is - within a delightful story that will entertain and educate youngsters. The illustrations are bright, lively and add a decidedly upbeat look to the story. The drawings do have a noticeably pink theme, which makes this book best suited for young girls. Quill says: Help your little one dream big with this delightful story of a plucky pig and her big dreams.
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