It's a Big World, Little Pig!

It's a Big World, Little Pig!

by Kristi Yamaguchi, Tim Bowers
     
 

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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

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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!

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.)
From the Publisher
"One thing I appreciate from the two books is the way Yamaguchi conveys that in order to be really good at something you have to practice and work hard, but that it's OK to try a few things before you find a good fit. " - A Spirited Mind

"I recommend It's a Big World, Little Pig! to preschool parents, especially those with little girls. Kids will love the positive, upbeat story and Tim Bowers' bright illustrations. This would be a great birthday gift, and it's a must if you know a child who figure skates. Kristi Yamaguchi's encouragement to "dream big!" is one our kids need to hear." - It's Fundamental

"This book is adorable! The story is sweet and the illustrations are completely cute. A great book to share with children." - Adrienne's Book Blog

"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." - School Library Journal

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

"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. " - Andi's Kids Books

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

Appropriate for ages 4 and up, this picture book features colorful, silly animal-athletes with an upbeat message.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402266447
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
202,722
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet 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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