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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (Feb. 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402266448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402266447
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 25.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #367,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Poppy...can inspire little ones, and the ending carries dreaming into adulthood."- Booklist praise for Dream Big, Little Pig

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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Positive pig power April 15 2012
By Jessica at Cracking the Cover - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As with "Dream Big, Little Pig!" "It's a Big World, Little Pig!" is an upbeat book about positive pig power. Instead of the competition of the World Games, Kristi focuses on friendship and facing fears. There's nothing about winning or losing, just performing to the best of your ability, which is a fine lesson for young children.

Most of all, "It's a Big World, Little Pig!" is a fun read. The illustrations are bright and bold, and all of the characters have great personality.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
dreaming big and making friends! March 13 2012
By little island studios - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I just got this...absolutely love it! It's so hard sometimes for kids (and adults) to make friends, especially going to a new place or country. Poppy gets an amazing opportunity to follow her dreams and it takes her to Paris! being a little unsure if she would make any friends...she quickly meets some new girls and discovers not how different everyone is...but how much they have in common.

The thing I like most about this book is the author, Kristi Yamaguchi, does not focus on winning (they actually never tell you who won); but focuses on family being proud of her for following her dreams (whatever that may be), and the whole experience of the adventure! Whether you like ice skating or not...girl or boy, no matter what nationality...we all smile in the same language.

"It's a big world, little pig, but remember that everyone smiles in the same language!" - Poppy's friend, Emma.

I very much enjoyed this book, perfect for girl or boy, 2 and up.

I received this book from the publisher and no other compensation was given, opinions (good or bad) are my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Totally Cute! March 21 2012
By Gimme The Scoop - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Awww I just jumped at the chance to read this one not only because of the beautiful illustrations but because I am a sucker for Little Piggies! I know! I know! I am strange but I been collecting figurines and items with little piggies for ages.

With my confession made this story was really adorable with Little Pig venturing off to a new country to compete in the ice skating competitions. She was very excited and scared all at once but she had big dreams and didn't let her fear hold her back.

The underlying meaning I got from the story was to follow your dreams and don't let fear hold you back!
"We All Smile in the Same Language!" Aug. 8 2012
By R. John Legerdemain - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This second delightful children's story by Kristi Yamaguchi starring the adorable sweetheart Poppy the Pig opens with Poppy receiving an invitation to compete in the figure skating competition of the World Games, in Paris, France. Rather than focusing on the competition, however, the story instead focuses on Poppy spreading good will among several athletes from other, far-flung nations, whom she meets and quickly befriends. As she does so she finds that, despite their different backgrounds, she and her new friends have many more things in common than they do differences. In fact, the theme of the story is summed up nicely by this passage, from the last page, which is what Poppy writes in postcards addressed to her new friends: "Even though we are from different parts of the big world, we all smile in the same language!" As to who wins the World Games events? Well, it could be said that Poppy and her newfound friends are all winners. Incidentally, given the grace, the graciousness, and the class that Kristi Yamaguchi has always shown throughout all her years in the public eye, I can well imagine her spreading exactly the same kind of goodwill among her fellow international athletes during her competition years. The superb illustrations by Tim Bowers wonderfully depict the varied expressions of Poppy and the other characters in the book; and the vibrancy of his artworks causes them to almost leap off the page. Near the end of the book, keep an eye out for a wonderfully funny rendition of "The Mona Lisa," guaranteed to cause a good chuckle. As one who formats books for a living, I can tell you that the production values of this book are first-rate; and it is obvious to me that Kristi and everyone else involved in creating this book put much thought, much hard work, and, most of all, much love into it. This is a treasure of a book that will make readers both young and old smile, regardless of their language.
We all smile in the same language! July 11 2012
By Andrea Coventry - Published on
Format: Hardcover
[This review also appears on Andi's Kids Books.]

Poppy is a pig who has dreams of being a star on the ice. All of her friends and family encourage her to do so and she gets invited to the World Games. Poppy is nervous to go all the way around the world. When in the Athlete's Village, she is worried that she isn't going to be able to make any new friends nor understand all of the different languages. She quickly befriends a Chinese skater named Li. She meets all kinds of different animals from around the world, sharing their customs and exchanging phrases in their native languages. It's all about being supportive of children's dreams and making friends around the world. The message is, "We all smile in the same language!"

You can feel Kristi's passion for her sport and love for people all around the world in her book. This is one that would go well with my multicultural collection.

The adorable illustrations remind me of Richard Scarry at times. They are simple and sweet. I really liked it.

I was provided with an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.