I can hear the cries now, not another celebrity book! However, readers will be pleasantly surprised as they turn the pages of Dream Big, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi. That's right, the Olympic ice skater.
Yamaguchi presents to us Poppy the Pig. Poppy has big dreams. In fact, lots of them. Most of all, she wants to be a star. So she tries to be a posh prima ballerina, but Poppy is not graceful. However, she's reminded by her family to follow her dreams and dream big, so Poppy tries out for a chorus competition. But Poppy sings off-key. Poppy keeps trying her hand at different things, but when she fails at everything, she begins to wonder if her dreams will ever come true. But as she's about to give up, Poppy finally realizes just what to do--become a spectacular ice-skating star. And although she slips and slides all over the ice, this time, Poppy gets up and learns that with a little practice, anything is possible.
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.
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Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (March 1, 2011)
Source of review copy: Publicist