Dream Big, Little Pig! (Hardcover)
Inspire kids of all ages to never give up and always dream big with Dream Big Little Pig, the New York Times bestselling ice skating picture book from Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi!
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!
"You go, Girl!"
"Dream Big, pig!"
Dream Big Little Pig is the perfect book to inspire little girls with big dreams, and makes a wonderful ice skating gift for girls.
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
"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
"true! I highly recommend sharing "Dream Big Little Pig" with your children, not only are the story and illustrations wonderful but it prompted a great conversation between one of my daughters and myself, a bonus I am so grateful for." — The Dirty T Shirt
"...this is a book that boasts beautiful illustrations by Tim Bowers and a good read aloud story that your kids will ask for night after night – I know my kids have been hooked on it ever since we got our copy!" — Momma’s Review
"It is a great story for boys and girls alike who have big dreams and parents who encourage them and help them to strive for their goals. The pictures are beautiful and the story reaches out to little ones and grown ups alike!" — Crazed Mind
"This is a great book for little ones who may often find themselves discouraged if they are having trouble doing something, whether it's playing a sport, learning to get dressed or even potty training. Poppy is a sweet, lovable, relatable character who kids will take an instant liking to." — Turn the Page Tuesday
"Perfect for any figure skating fans, of course, but appealing to the general masses as well. " — Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile
"Dream Big Little Pig empowers little girls to believe in themselves. Author Yamaguchi’s sage advice, "When things get in the way, keep trying, " is gold like her. With my own daughter, I have to constantly remind her that yes she can do things. So now whenever she has doubts, I’m going to get out this book and remind her that yes she can! She just has to try and sometimes work very hard, but she should never stop dreaming and believing. " — MomStart
"This is a cute, poignant and inspiring tale that will encourage children to reach for the sky no matter the bumps in the road along the way. The illustrations by Tim Bowers are delightful." — Baby Bloomer
"A fun read for ages 4-8 with a positive message and a fun catch phrase, Dream Big Little Pig!" — Mom Most Traveled
"What a sweet story it is! Poppy is surrounded by family and friends who support her no matter what she tries. She KNOWS that she is destined for greatness and never gives up. I adored the cheering of her best friend and grandparentsI can imagine that Kristi must have a similar support team in her own life. To achieve all that she has is downright amazing." — Just Another Review Blog
"I just have to say that this book was adorable. I read this to my daughter before bedtime last night, and even though it was a stall tactic, she asked me to read it again. She enjoyed it just as much as I did. " — Simply Being Mom
"Together with Linda Oatman High, [Kristi Yamaguchi] authored a truly inspirational work with adorable illustrations by Tim Bowers. " — The Power of Slow
"I think the story is engaging and like that it’s about trying lots of things in life. Important tools for both children and adults!" — Mogulbaby
"This book teaches young children to try new things, to keep believing in themselves and to keep trying until they find something they love to do." — Hip Mama’s Place
"It really is a great story and does teach children to never give up when wanting to accomplish something. " — My OKC Mommy
"I love Dream Big, Little Pig! because it shows children that they can do great things through their own efforts. Poppy doesn’t get a lucky break and is often confronted by naysayers, but that doesn’t stop her from believing that she can accomplish her dreams. " — Susan Heim on Parenting
"I read this to my girls tonight for the first time and they were transfixed! I know that this book will definitely be one that I will keep around in the future! " — Dad of Divas’ Reviews
"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
"Sweet book, especially for a little someone who might be feeling down about not being good at something. Poppy hits her bumps in the road, but she keeps a cheery optimism that'll make readers smile. Cute!" — everead
"I loved the author’s creative and fun writing style. I found all the positive encouragement that was offered to Poppy along the way to be the perfect catalyst to drive any child who reads this to want to fulfill their own dreams just as Poppy was trying to do. " — Night Owl Reviews
"Both of my girls really enjoyed this book. They caught on to the stories message right away which was if you really enjoy something, keep trying. Don’t let others tell you that you can’t do it." — 2 Wired 2 Tired
"With its pink-purple-glittery book design, adorable illustrations, hopeful and positive tone, and story about patience and perseverance, Dream Big, Little Pig! will please and satisfy all little girls." — Asia in the Heart
" I must admit, the book is fun and [my daughters and I] are definitely a fan." — Child’s Play x2
"This is a must have book to pick up and share with you children. It lets children know that they can dream big and accomplish anything. Even if they hit bumps or obstacles along the way, children will learn through this story that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to... This will definitely be a book that will be read and re-read for years to come." — Inspired by Savannah
"Poppy has a lot of personality, and that comes through in Tim Bowers’ artwork. And Kristi’s upbeat attitude and text really help build excitement.
This book is all about positive pig power. It’s a great outlook that both parents and young readers will appreciate." — Cracking the Cover
"Finally determined, she finds that with practice she can do anything she puts her mind to and thus fulfilling her dreams. The constant support of family and friends help too! This is a great book to read with your little ones." — Daily Venus Diva
"Dream Big Little Pig is a wonderful tale of persistence and determination. Come take the journey with Poppy as she learns (on a pig's day out) that having fun doing something can sometimes lead to your one true love...The artwork is lively and funny (do I see an American Idol reference?). His [Tim Bower’s] pictures will keep your kids engaged and drawn into the story." — Imagination-Cafe
"My girls loved reading this story very much and I loved the message to try new stuff and that a person can good at different things." — My 5 Monkeys
"Olympic figure skating champion, "Dancing With the Stars" winner and Bay Area resident Kristi Yamaguchi drives the point home with fun and flair...The illustrations featuring Poppy and all the animals in her world, including the impala skating instructor and a high-heeled lioness supermodel, are wonderful. " — San Francisco Chronicle
"A beautiful book with a great message...The illustrations are lovely--bright and colorful." — What is Bridget Reading?
"I love this book! It's perfect for little girls because it teaches the importance of following your dreams. You can achieve anything if you work hard and don't give up. With a positive message, beautiful illustrations and enjoyable story, Dream Big, Little Pig! is sure to be a huge success with the little girl in your life." — Readaholic
"The author manages to convey two important lessons – never give up and how important the love and support of family is – within a delightful story that will entertain and educate youngsters. The illustrations are bright, lively and add a decidedly upbeat look to the story." — Feathered Quill
"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
"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
"Yamaguchi [now] pens titles for the younger reader … clever, adorable, inspiring, funny ones at that, this one brought to the colorful page with humor and charm by illustrator Tim Bowers. Little Poppy is a "pot-bellied, toddling, waddling pig … who dreamed big!"... Being a persistent pig of New Pork City (surely you’re giggling now), she’s good enough to make the cover of the New Pork Times (snorting yet?). After such success, what’s next for our dreamy pig? Here’s a hint: "When pigs fly!" — Smithsonian Asian Pacific American blog
" The book delivers a message that never grows old and the illustrations by Tim Bowers are enough to have any little girl flipping page after page. This book is definitely a winner written by a winner." — Examiner.com
"Dream Big Little Pig was a very cute and enjoyable book. Very family friendly with the message. " — Frugal Family Tree
"With bright illustrations by Tim Bowers, Yamaguchi’s story makes for an easy-to-understand and fun read for little ones. There are clever touches throughout, including a twist on America’s Next Top Model and setting the tale in New Pork City." — AlternativePress.com
"This little book inspires kids of all ages to dream big, and Yamaguchi's focus on family and perseverance make this title a gold medal choice for the family book shelf." — Raising Maine
"A surprisingly good story from a celebrity. The illustrations by Ohio’s own Tim Bowers are mostly in soft pastel colors that make the characters huggable." — Record-Courier
"The whimsical illustrations depict beautifully the hopes, joys and wonder of being young and fearless...The book, by former Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, is lovely to read with a youngster. It is a charming reminder of the importance of following dreams and to be yourself. " — International Examiner
"Poppy is a spunky heroine who can inspire little ones, and the ending carries dreaming into adulthood. Bowers’ art
captures the story’s many amusing moments as well as Poppy’s literal ups and downs. Yamaguchi’s motto? "Always dream." — Booklist
"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
"Kristi's book tells a sweet story, but gives a true moral along with it. That's what makes her book a winner just like she always is! " — Grammie Bee’s Book Buzz
"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
"This is a book about not being afraid to dream big. It also illustrates the importance of a good support group to help you fulfill those dreams. Poppy had parents, grandparents and friends that not only believed in her, but who gave her constant encouragement along the way...This is a delightful tale, and Yamaguchi scored a 9.5 on her first attempt at writing a children’s book." — Newcastle Pacer
"For the youngest of listeners, the themes found in The Little Engine that Could continue to inspire. Former U.S. Olympic figure-skater Yamaguchi has penned a new version, complete with American Idol flash and glamour…. A sincere thank you from Yamaguchi to her family and fans. As celebrity books go… it's a cut above many, and the prose styling is refreshingly restrained. (Picture book. 4-8)" — Kirkus Reviews
"Follow Your Dreams," says author and Olympic Ice Skater Kristi Yamaguchi in a book that inspires not only children but also adults to go for the gold in every way." — Bookpleasures