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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 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
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
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 lovelybright 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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