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Dream Big, Little Pig! (... Little Pig! #1)

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"Follow your
"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

Kindle Edition, 34 pages
Published (first published March 1st 2011)
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Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Continuing my series on strange things you learn from children's books....

When I was a kid, I was OBSESSED with figure skating. I saw a show once, with Nancy Kerrigan and Oksana Biul, when the skaters came to town, and I was hooked. So when I saw that Kristi Yamaguchi had written a children's book, I HAD to give it a chance. Surely there would be some strange things I could learn from this book, right?

So, the main character is a little pig and everyone tells her to dream big. Hence the title, no
Lindsay Weideman
Synopsis: I loved this book!! It is about a little pig named Poppy who found out that following her dreams is not an easy task. Her family encouraged her to believe in herself and keep going! She learned not to give up and that she can do anything as long as she believes in herself and has fun doing it. I think it is a wonderful book for students in elementary school because kids at this age are trying all kinds of sports and new adventures. Sometimes when trying new things, they may not come ea ...more
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, read2011
This is the story of Poppy the pig, who ends up in New Pork (yes, Pork) City, chasing her dreams. BIG dreams.

It's probably not fair to Kristi Yamaguchi that I just read When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic, whose book was filled with dozens of fun, wacky and silly ideas for jobs. Poppy set her sights on 1) ballerina, 2) singer and 3) supermodel.

OK. It probably doesn't help that I'm also reading Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein, who does a brilliant job of showing how the "princess culture"
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Cute enough little story about a pig who has many big dreams but lacks the talent (or confidence) to pursue many of them. When she finally falls in love with a sport that she loves, she has the determination to see it through and to learn to look past naysayers. Nothing remarkably fabulous here in the writing style or illustrations, but it's cute and entertaining and has a good message. Yamaguchi thanks her co-writer in her acknowledgement section, which is nice, and it's probably one o
As celebrity-written children's books go, this one is pretty cute. I liked Poppy and the positive support she received from her friends and family. You can see how Yamaguchi's personal experiences influenced the book.
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Kristi Yamaguchi: Olympic-winning figure skater, Dancing with the Star Mirror Ball trophy winner, and now...children’s book author? Yes, you read that right! Yamaguchi is trying her hand at children’s literature. Her first picture book, Dream Big, Little Pig! is adorable and full of inspirational messages. It’s enchanting and fun with bright, vivid pictures. Look no further than the cover, with the beautiful typography and pig on skates. There’s even glitter! Despite all the pink and purple, thi ...more
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back when I was a kid, that’s right y’all, batten down the hatches it’s a middle school reminiscence, the Olympics seemed like a much bigger deal than they feel now that I’m an adult. In the early 90′s the Olympics were huge, from gymnastics, to skating, to track and field, everything was go big or go home. It was the era of Michael Jordan and the Bulls and we were not about to be impressed by anyone in sports that was subpar. It was around this time that a delicate featured young figure skater ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Friday, March 4, 2011Dream Big
As most of you know, The Poo is a very active girl. She is also very bright and catches on to things quickly. She runs and plays all day and I do what I can to encourage that. We go fly our kites when the weather is nice or play baseball or kickball if there is no breeze. We go to the city park or walk to Lynette's house. Sometimes however, I want for her to be still and get some rest. Bedtime can be a hassle around here so we got into the routine of you have 30 mi
Lindsey Mineweaser
Dream Big Little Pig is about a little pig, Poppy, who has big goals for herself. Her family and friends support her on everything that she does. However, she is often told that she is not good enough. Poppy tries to dance, sing, and model, but none of them workout. One day Poppy realizes that spending time with her friends and family is what is really important in life. She goes to the ice rink with her friend when she realizes that ice-skating is her true talent.

The word choice in this book ma
This was an adorable book about a girl pig who is determined to find something to excel at.

As the book continues you will see her do all kinds of things, from dancing to modelling, but sadly well her dreams get shattered left and right and I just felt so sorry for our little MC. Everyone was cheering for her (well, her family was), and I thought she deserved to find her place, to find something she could be famous and awesome at.

When we get to the last part, with the rink, I knew immediately th
Brittany Creek
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dream Big Little Pig is a juvenile book for young children. The book is about little Poppy the pig wanting to be a star and trying every different type of way to do so (singing, dancing, modeling). She struggles to find what she's just right for until she takes an unexpected trip and once again tries something new to succeed with the encouragement of her family and friend. I really enjoyed the illustrations of the book and how pretty and sparkly it is. It really teaches younger children to keep ...more
Lenore Webb
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bedtime can be a hassle around here so we got into the routine of you have 30 minutes to get your wiggles out, go potty, brush teeth and then comfy and cozy its time for a story. The Poo loves for us to read to her. As a reward for working so hard our friend Lynette @ Crazed Mind let us borrow a wonderful story for the Poo to hear at bedtime. Dream Big Little Pig by Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi is such a wonderful story. Poppy the pig has big dreams, just like my angel. In the story Poppy wan ...more
Hannah Levin
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
Written by Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, this book tells the story of a little pig, Poppy, with big dreams of being a star! Poppy tries multiple different things (such as dancing and modeling) and is turned away every time. However, with the encouragement of her friends and family, Poppy finds that with a little perseverance, she can accomplish her dreams!
I believe this book is great for young readers! It teaches kids to keep trying their best and they will find their way.
I read this book since it was in the list of recommendations of my "Children's writer" newsletter on an article about "Words & Pictures that Sing".

This book was written by Kristi Yamaguchi, the famous Olympic figure ice skating champion. In this story she shares her motto "Always Dream". The main character of the book is a little pig that tries different things and finds she is not good at ballet, singing, being a supermodel and others. Finally she learns to ice-skate and "follows her dream
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dream Big Little Pig is a juvenile book about a young pig (Poppy) who the only thing she truly wishes for in the world is to be a big star. She sets off on trying a multitude of things, including singing, dancing, and modeling where they all told Poppy that she was not right for those things. Poppy does not know what to do and feels like she will never make it "BIG". Her friends and family continue to tell her to just "Dream Big Little Pig". After Poppy stumbles upon an ice skating rink she real ...more
Sydney, Lauryn and I read this book every night for the month of September, so I can truly say I know it forwards and backwards. It's a cute book, purchased for Sydney as a gift by Theresa Mountain. Sydney loves it and Lauryn tried to rip it up. I think it's pretty good, although the message is a little convoluted. The main character, Poppy, tries and fails at a couple attempts to become a big star, with the encouragement of her mother, grandparents and best friend. After three unsuccessful atte ...more
This is a charming children's book about following your dreams, being persistent and working hard for something you dream of.
Poppy Pig has a lovely supportive family who encourage her to follow her dreams no matter how big they are. Poppy gets knocked back for not having any natural talent in the areas she dreams of, but by the end, she finds something that she works at and improves at as well as enjoys.
It is a lovely moral for kids, and is refreshing as Poppy must work for her success, and is
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poppy is bold! Poppy is brave! Poppy is a pig with big dreams! And she will steal your heart with her story of determination. Dream Big, Little Pig! centers around Poppy, a pot bellied pig whose dream is to become a star.

She first tries becoming a ballerina, but that fails miserably because she has no grace. Poppy then tries singing, but she honestly cannot carry a tune, so that doesn't work either. Poppy tries her hand at a few other activities until she finds her calling. Throughout Poppy's f
The illustrations are cute. Suffice to say those give it the extra star. Poppy is not a relatable character, or a very well sketched one. She tries many activities just once, until she gets to ice skating which she practices at as apposed to giving it up when she starts out being a terrible skater. How is that not something she did for dancing, singing, or modeling, considering she is described as a pig who doesn't like to give up? She's an inconsistent character to say the least. Also, I find i ...more
Bridgette Hossbach
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young girls
Recommended to Bridgette by: Dr. O
Shelves: animal, girly, optimism
Author: Kristi Yamaguchi
Illustrator:Tim Bowers
Copyright: 2011

This is a story revolves around an inspiring little pig named Poppy who has BIG dreams. She explores multiple activities and through the encouragement of her support group (her family and best friend) she discovers her talent for ice skating.

The Illustrations are geared towards young girls by using feminine color, sparkles, and the main character explores generalized women roles. Not only is this book inspiring, but is uplifting for y
Cara Wilson
Dream Big Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi Illustrated by Tim Bowers
Cara C W., Spring 15
This is a story about a little inspiring pig. This book is great to share with children trying to find what they can do. The story follows Poppy the Pig Trying to find her niche.

I felt it was an uplifting story that tells the tale of persistence. I felt like the book emphasizes the importance of support groups and positive reinforcement.

I really enjoyed the the storyline and it was easy to follow. Ms. Yamaguc
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristi Yamaguchi has always been one of my favorite figure skaters. Not only is she talented at her sport, but she is gracious and humble and just an all-around nice person.

The projection of positive energy that she radiates has manifested into this adorable children's book about the importance of perseverance and finding your dreams.

This is not the story of a little pig who practices really hard and wins a gold medal in the Olympics (which is I'm sure what everyone assumes before they pick th
Arlene Allen
I really did want to love this book, I did. I love to see books where the hero/heroine is encouraged to follow their dreams and never give up. But... it's so clearly pointed out that Pig is a klutz with no grace who can't model or ballet dance...yet she can ice skate? Huh? I mean, I am sure she can be a great pilot, as implied at the end, and she sure should keep trying and never give up, but to say she has no grace but then can ice skate when Kristi should know you have to train in dance and ha ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Poppy may be just a pig, but she has big dreams. From ballet to modeling, she tries it all. But she's not good at any of it. With supportive family and friend, Poppy doesn't give up. She just looks for something else. Could ice skating be her thing?

What I thought: A beautiful book with a great message. Poppy is an endearing character. I like her determination and spunk. The support she receives from her family and best friend Emma is great. I was pleased when Poppy finally found her niche. The i
A pretty amusing tale. I liked how it showed that even though the pig wanted to do a lot of different things and failed several times she was still persistent. I also appreciated the support system of her family, even if they were a little misguided. (Always cheering her on, even when she wasn't good at something?) But eventually the little pig realized she needed to do something she loved. The message of the book was sweet: do what you love and work hard if you want to become successful. It was ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ncbla, celeb-books
Despite her aspirations of being a star, Poppy struggles to find something with which to excel. Although she fails at dancing, singing, and modeling, her supportive family and friends encourage her to dream. On an outing with them one day, she sees an ice rink, and even when she falls down, she keeps getting back up. The next day, she returns, and a star is born. This is a sweetly told story with a positive message. One of the aspects I liked most was that Poppy didn't let discouragement from ot ...more
Margaret Chind
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Sourcebooks
Oh how AppleBlossom and I love sparkily textured covers! This gorgeous purple and pink picture book had the misfortune of releasing mid-March, which is only a misfortune because we were in the middle of a move and thus I am delayed in telling you how awesome this picture book is!

Having a dream with hope and perseverance is so important and so is believing in yourself. This book has it all and I know my daughters will love it and hopefully learn from it for years to come.

*Thanks to Sourcebooks
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
You might think that figure skating would be, along with ballet and gymnastics, a perfect subject for picture books for little girls. Sadly, the ballet monster consumes all, leaving just a smattering of other popular girlie sports picture books (don't get me started on the lack of roller skating!). Of the pittance of figure skating picture books, this is the best of the lot. Yamaguchi gets the heart of the story right, and the illustrations are cute and clear, but the writing itself lacks the ly ...more
Chynna Cuellar
Dream Big Little Pig is a picture book filled with joy and hope. The little pig learns that not everything you do might not be for you. She tried everything from Ice skating to dancing and finally found something that fits her. Children will love this book because it shows them not to give up to always be strong and get back up if you fall. This book has received a Boston Globe-Horn Award. The illustrations in the book are also wonderful, with bright colors and very detailed pictures it is sure ...more
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Athlete, artist, wife, mother, philanthropist; in each of these things Kristi Yamaguchi embodies the word champion. Her motto is Always Dream, and Kristi's accomplishments prove that dreams can come true with hard work and dedication. Her new book, Dream Big, Little Pig, is an extension of her philosophy, and of Kristi herself."

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