Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Dream Big Little Pig

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Book Review - Dream Big Little Pig

About the BookFigure skating superstar Kristi Yamaguchi is an Olympic athlete, artist, wife, mother, and philanthropist. In March 2011, she will add children’s picture book author to her accomplishments with the publication of Dream Big, Little Pig! (ISBN: 9781402252754; Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; MARCH 2011; $16.99 U.S.; Juvenile Fiction/Picture Book; Hardcover)

Poppy the Pig has big dreams—lots of them! But following her dreams isn’t always easy, and whenever Poppy thinks it might be time to give up, her family reminds her to “Dream Big!” While on a “pig’s day out,” she has so much fun ice skating that she doesn’t even notice those around her who think pigs can’t skate…and without even knowing it, she achieves her dream while doing something she loves! In this funny and inspiring tale that’s perfect for family read-alouds, Poppy realizes she can succeed at anything as long as she believes in herself and has fun doing it!

Kristi Yamaguchi is an Olympic gold medalist and world champion who knows about dreaming big. The motto “Always Dream” serves as Kristi’s personal inspiration, as well as the name of her charitable foundation for children. This philosophy has contributed to Kristi’s success on and off the ice, and she aspires to instill it in the hearts of children.

Following her figure skating victories at the 1992 Winter Olympics and World Championships, Kristi embarked on a successful professional career that went nonstop 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 became the first woman to claim the trophy on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. One of her lasting legacies will be her Always Dream Foundation, which was founded in 1996 and has been an active fundraiser and supporter of children’s charities in the San Francisco Bay Area, sponsoring, among other events, annual Christmas toy drives.

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My Take on the Book This book was a gem and one that I would recommend highly to anyone with kids. It is a story of determination as well as one that shows kids to achieve their dreams even when they are discouraged. I loved the fact that the main character keeps trying new things until she finds something where she simply excels. 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! Finally, one of the best things is that the author embodies the determination that you see in this main character, so it was nice to be able to share her true story as it related to the character in the story itself!

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