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Dream Big, Little Pig!


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Kristi Yamaguchui is an ice skating 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 one that she aspires to instill in the hearts of children.


"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
""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
" I love that this book is about having dreams. No matter your age, it is always important. I also like that the story teaches that dreams don't always come easily." - The Mom Around Town
"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
"A fun read for ages 4-8 with a positive message and a fun catch phrase, Dream Big Little Pig!" - Mom Most Traveled
"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

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