It's a Big World, Little Pig!


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Poppy, the adorable, persistent, dreaming-big pig, has a new adventure in store for her: the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris! Poppy is nervous about meeting so many new people in a new place. But, ever courageous and supported by her family (Emma, too!), Poppy embarks upon this exciting adventure head-on. She meets a snowboarding Panda, a Maltese who skies, and two fellow skaters, a Crane and a Kangaroo. Poppy begins to realize that ...

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New York Times Bestseller!

Poppy, the adorable, persistent, dreaming-big pig, has a new adventure in store for her: the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris! Poppy is nervous about meeting so many new people in a new place. But, ever courageous and supported by her family (Emma, too!), Poppy embarks upon this exciting adventure head-on. She meets a snowboarding Panda, a Maltese who skies, and two fellow skaters, a Crane and a Kangaroo. Poppy begins to realize that although these animals look different, act different, and are from different places, they are all the same at heart. They all smile in the same language!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Poppy the pig, the figure-skating star of 2011’s Dream Big, Little Pig!, is headed to Paris for the World Games and worried about being so far from home. Poppy’s family and friends offer encouragement before she leaves (“emember that everyone smiles in the same language”), and, sure enough, Poppy makes friends easily upon her arrival. The heroine’s parents materialize out of nowhere after Poppy’s skating routine, negating the sense of accomplishment and independence that had been building. Bowers’s cartoons are warm and buoyant, yet the alignment of certain animals (panda, crane, kangaroo) with certain countries (China, Japan, Australia) draws unfortunate attention to the fact that Poppy, the U.S. representative, is a pig. Ages 4–up. Illustrator’s agent: Rubin Pfeffer, East West Literary Agency. (Apr.)
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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

School Library Journal
PreS-K—A sequel to the author's Dream Big, Little Pig (Sourcebooks, 2011), this book has Poppy following her dreams by skating at a world competition, even though it is pretty scary to travel so far from home. However, the irrepressible porker perseveres, goes to Paris, makes new friends in the World Athlete Village, and, eventually, skates her best. 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 (there are no trophies in sight and readers are merely told that Poppy "skated from her heart"). Although not an essential purchase, the book has a timely topic, and its intrepid heroine makes it particularly attractive to youngsters.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
An invitation to the "World Games" leads to international friendships for the porky little skating star introduced in Dream Big, Little Pig (2011). Though Paris is far away from New Pork City, little Poppy quickly loses her initial anxiety at being among strangers from many countries. As her BF Emma puts it: "everyone smiles in the same language!" In no time, she's hooked up with a snowboarder from China ("Ni hao") and found common ground with an Italian skier in the music of Poochini ("Buona fortuna!"). She discusses costume design with a fellow skater from Japan ("Ganbatte kudasai"), then gives a nervous Aussie speed skater a pep talk (parting with a "hooroo!"). Promoting the proper air of bright bonhomie, Bowers dresses a diverse cast of happy-looking, big-headed animals in sportswear or casual clothing and leaves the airy backgrounds either blank or lightly traced with arabesques and swooping curves. Finally, having "skated from her heart" in the competition, Poppy joins her proud parents for a week of French food (laying off the charcuterie, one hopes), sightseeing and sending postcards. It's another sweet confection, with nary a mention of winning or losing--for those who like their international encounters on the bland side. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402266447
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 294,668
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (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

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

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Love this book

    I bought this book for grandchildren and friends grandchildren. It is especially special that Kristie signed 1 copy for my little girl.

    Also have a friend with a grandchild names Gianna.

    Thank you Kristie

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    highly recommended - a must have! *****

    Poppy the Pig is wonderful. She strives to face her fears and make new friends wherever she goes. My grandchildren just loved her and the book.

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