Olympic gold medalist and world champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi knows a thing or two about traveling to the ends of the earth and not giving up to make your dreams come true.
Last year, my son and I were lucky to meet Kristi while she was on tour for the book launch of New York Times best-seller Dream Big, Little Pig! We were very excited when we found out Kristi was writing a second Poppy Pig book.
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading Dream Big, Little 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!
In the follow-up, It’s a Big World, Little Pig!, Poppy receives an invitation to compete in the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris. Poppy is nervous about being so far away from home and meeting so many new people in an unfamiliar place. But, ever courageous and supported by her family and friends, Poppy embarks upon this exciting adventure head-on!
The beautifully illustrated book teaches youngsters that while others may speak a foreign language, not look the same as you, or come from a different place, “we all smile in the same language!” As a parent, I like how positive, inspiring and encouraging the book is as Poppy forms international friendships.
Recommended for ages 4 and up, my 2 year old son (who does have a thing for pig characters) greatly enjoys having this book, as well as Dream Big, Little Pig! read to him.
The book will be released on March 6, 2012 and is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.
Since reading Kristi’s darling books, I can no longer say, “When Pigs Fly.” Poppy has shown me that anything is possible.