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It's a Big World, Little Pig! Hardcover – Feb 16 2012
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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 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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!
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.