Friday, March 18, 2011

Children’s Book Review: Dream Big, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi

Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi has certainly accomplished great things in her life. She’s an Olympic gold medalist, a Dancing with the Stars winner, a TV host, an artist, a wife and mother, and founder of the Always Dream Foundation to support children’s charities. And now she can add another title to her resume: author! Dream Big, Little Pig! is her debut children’s picture book, and it’s sure to appeal to kids and parents alike.

In Dream Big, Little Pig!, Poppy the pig dreamed of being a star, despite the fact that she was a “pot-bellied, wadding, toddling pig.” She tried ballet, but found she wasn’t very graceful. She tried to be a singer, but she couldn’t carry a tune. She attempted modeling, but she tripped over her gown. But through all these attempts at stardom, Poppy’s mother, grandparents, and best friend Emma were her biggest cheerleaders. They always encouraged her to pursue her dreams and keep trying to find her niche. While out with Emma one day, Poppy’s eyes glowed at the sight of beautiful ice skaters in the park. She wanted to do that, too! At first, she slipped and slid all over the ice, but she persevered. Through daily practice and persistence, Poppy was soon doing amazing things on the ice! Her picture showed up in the newspaper, and soon fans were showing up at the rink to cheer her on. Poppy’s dreams had come true! But, even then, Poppy didn’t stop dreaming. How do you think she’ll fare when she pursues her next dream to be the first sky-diving pig?

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. This is a great message for kids. And it also shows parents the importance of supporting our children in their pursuit to find their own special talents and interests.

I hope you’ll share Dream Big, Little Pig! and its message with your children. Beautifully illustrated by Tim Bowers, it’s a delight to look at and read!

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my candid review. No financial compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the affiliate links in this post.


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