Dream Big, Little Pig!

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"Follow your
Dreams!"
"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 ...

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Overview

New York Times Bestseller!

"Follow your
Dreams!"
"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

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (Mar.)
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!"
Terry Hong
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.
From the Publisher
"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.... A sincere thank you from Yamaguchi to her family and fans. As celebrity books go... it's a cut above many, and the prose styling is refreshingly restrained. (Picture book. 4-8)" - Kirkus

"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

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.
MomStart
Dream Big Little Pig empowers little girls to believe in themselves. Author Yamaguchi's sage advice, "When things get in the way, keep trying, " is gold like her. With my own daughter, I have to constantly remind her that yes she can do things. So now whenever she has doubts, I'm going to get out this book and remind her that yes she can! She just has to try and sometimes work very hard, but she should never stop dreaming and believing.
Simply Being Mom
I just have to say that this book was adorable. I read this to my daughter before bedtime last night, and even though it was a stall tactic, she asked me to read it again. She enjoyed it just as much as I did.
The Power of Slow
Together with Linda Oatman High, [Kristi Yamaguchi] authored a truly inspirational work with adorable illustrations by Tim Bowers.
Mogulbaby
I think the story is engaging and like that it's about trying lots of things in life. Important tools for both children and adults!
Hip Mama's Place
This book teaches young children to try new things, to keep believing in themselves and to keep trying until they find something they love to do.
My OKC Mommy
It really is a great story and does teach children to never give up when wanting to accomplish something.
Susan Heim on Parenting
I love Dream Big, Little Pig! because it shows children that they can do great things through their own efforts. Poppy doesn't get a lucky break and is often confronted by naysayers, but that doesn't stop her from believing that she can accomplish her dreams.
Dad of Divas' Reviews
I read this to my girls tonight for the first time and they were transfixed! I know that this book will definitely be one that I will keep around in the future!
everead
Sweet book, especially for a little someone who might be feeling down about not being good at something. Poppy hits her bumps in the road, but she keeps a cheery optimism that'll make readers smile. Cute!
2 Wired 2 Tired
Both of my girls really enjoyed this book. They caught on to the stories message right away which was if you really enjoy something, keep trying. Don't let others tell you that you can't do it.
Asia in the Heart
With its pink-purple-glittery book design, adorable illustrations, hopeful and positive tone, and story about patience and perseverance, Dream Big, Little Pig! will please and satisfy all little girls.
Child's Play x2
I must admit, the book is fun and [my daughters and I] are definitely a fan.
Mom Most Traveled
A fun read for ages 4-8 with a positive message and a fun catch phrase, Dream Big Little Pig!
Inspired by Savannah
This is a must have book to pick up and share with you children. It lets children know that they can dream big and accomplish anything. Even if they hit bumps or obstacles along the way, children will learn through this story that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to... This will definitely be a book that will be read and re-read for years to come.
Cracking the Cover
Poppy has a lot of personality, and that comes through in Tim Bowers' artwork. And Kristi's upbeat attitude and text really help build excitement.

This book is all about positive pig power. It's a great outlook that both parents and young readers will appreciate.

My 5 Monkeys
My girls loved reading this story very much and I loved the message to try new stuff and that a person can good at different things.
Readaholic
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.
Feathered Quill
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.
Frugal Family Tree
Dream Big Little Pig was a very cute and enjoyable book. Very family friendly with the message.
AlternativePress.com
With bright illustrations by Tim Bowers, Yamaguchi's story makes for an easy-to-understand and fun read for little ones. There are clever touches throughout, including a twist on America's Next Top Model and setting the tale in New Pork City.
Booklist
Poppy is a spunky heroine who can inspire little ones, and the ending carries dreaming into adulthood. Bowers' art captures the story's many amusing moments as well as Poppy's literal ups and downs. Yamaguchi's motto? "Always dream."
Just Another Review Blog
What a sweet story it is! Poppy is surrounded by family and friends who support her no matter what she tries. She KNOWS that she is destined for greatness and never gives up. I adored the cheering of her best friend and grandparentsI can imagine that Kristi must have a similar support team in her own life. To achieve all that she has is downright amazing.
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews

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 intalent-search competitionsfor 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 encouragementof mother, grandparents and friendis 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 bubblestransforming intosuccessful 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 bothcaptivating 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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402252754
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 179,537
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristi Yamaguchi

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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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!"

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    This is a wonderful book to teach children about self esteem and

    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!

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    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.

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    Highly Recommended

    I really like this book my daughter really enjoyed reading it :)

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    This Book Is A Winner!

    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.

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    I purchased this book on my NOOK! I love this book. It teaches k

    I purchased this book on my NOOK! I love this book. It teaches kids to not give up and to try new activities!

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    A delightful story of a plucky pig and her big dreams

    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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