It's a Big World, Little Pig!

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9.83 X 10.82 X 0.39 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author

Following her figure skating victories at the 1992 Winter Olympics and World Championships, Kristi skated professionally 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 was a winner of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Visit

Even at a young age, Tim Bowers's artwork reflected a strong sense of humor and an interest in animals. Prior to illustrating children's books, Tim worked as an artist for Hallmark Cards, where he helped launch the popular Shoebox Greetings card line. His first children's book, The Toy Circus, was published in 1986. He now has illustrated more than 25 children's books and garnered various awards including the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" list and several Junior Library Guild selections. Tim's artwork has been included in the Society of Illustrators Annual Art Exhibition and the S.I. Humor Exhibition, as well as featured in children's magazines, used on a wide variety of products, and appeared on hundreds of greeting cards. Original paintings from several books are in private and institutional collections across the country. Tim lives with his family in Granville, Ohio, and travels to schools and libraries to share his work with students.

"What a wonderful juvenile fiction story! I can hardly wait to share It's a Big World with my grandbaby. The sequel is as good as its inspiration. Its heroine is every little girl. Its play on words is delightful. Its positive messages on universality and diversity are
ageless." -- Here and There
"This book is adorable! The story is sweet and the illustrations are completely cute. A great book to share with children." -- Adrienne's Book Blog
"Another sweet confection..." -- Kirkus Reviews
"One thing I appreciate from the two books is the way Yamaguchi conveys that in order to be really good at something you have to practice and work hard, but that it's OK to try a few things before you find a good fit. " -- A Spirited Mind
"Yamaguchi's linear story and message of "always dream," the name of her foundation, will not be lost on even the smallest listener. Tim Bowers' flashy, energized illustrations add light humor to the text where children will wonder what Poppy Pig's next big dream will be." -- Deseret News
"The encouragement within these pages is great and I'm delighted that Kristi is writing such stories to share." -- Creative Madness Mama
"Appropriate for ages 4 and up, this picture book features colorful, silly animal-athletes with an upbeat message." -- Nichi Bei
"Kristi Yamaguchi's first bestselling children's book, Dream Big, Little Pig is followed by a second installment featuring figure skater Poppy in It's a Big World, Little Pig. Tim Bowers' illustrations are finely-drawn definitions of the animal characters, perfectly catching their expressions in bright and airy colors." -- Book Loons
"Introduced in last year's bestselling, award-winning Dream Big, Little Pig!, tenacious little Poppy did just that and proved that pigs can indeed fly ... especially on the ice! Her creator, of course, is the legendary skater Kristi Yamaguchi (whose skates and skating dress have found a home in the Smithsonian - click here to check out those Olympian boots, click here to see her dress). Once again, illustrator Tim Bowers imbues Poppy with charming energy to spare ..." -- Book Dragon
"The illustrations are beautiful and I liked the positive message that each character brings - to dream big and always follow your heart - and I love Kiyomi's outfit! While we're all just a little different, we all smile in the same language." -- Emmegail's Bookshelf
"It's a wonderful story about facing your fears, pursuing your dreams and learning to accept others along the way. " -- The Mama Zone
"This is the second book in the Little Pig series by Kristi... I am excited to see where this continues, as I loved this one!" -- Jumpin' Beans
"The book teaches a good lesson that we all look different, but everyone smiles in the same language. The illustrations are adorable, and my daughter, a girly girl preschooler, loved the skating theme." -- Motherhood Moment
"This book was a huge hit with my girls...We loved how the story told us a few different ways to say hello in different languages...What makes it even better is that 100% of the profit is donated to a literacy foundation! I love when celebrities use their fame and talent to help make a difference in the lives of others. " -- A Mom's Take
"Will delight small fans of ice skating and those who like colorful pictures with animals...parents and children will enjoy it together. " -- Jean Little Library
"A delightful tale of perseverance. I shared this with my two daughters, 4 and 7, and they thoroughly enjoyed the story." -- Linda Sawyer
"Poppy makes a wonderful character in the story, and there are so many different lessons and thoughts one can glean from Poppy's adventures! " -- Glimpse
"I'm usually a bit skeptical of celebrity authors because writing a good children's book seems easy but is actually quite difficult. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The central message of the book is we all smile in the same language, as we see Poppy make friends from different countries at the Games." -- Salt & Nectar
"I would definitely recommend this fun story to anyone out there with big dreams. This book is well-written, beautifully illustrated, and is sure to become a fast favorite. My daughter loves It's a Big World, Little Pig, and hopefully this story will help her to face her fears and gain confidence as she grows and develops dreams of her own! " -- Newly Crunchy Mama of 3
"I read this book to my daughters the other night and ever since they have been asking me to read it over and over again. I have to say as a parent I have no problem with this as the messages contained within are ones that I want my daughters to learn and to live on a daily basis. This was a great book that I highly recommend!" -- Dad of Divas
"Accompanied by cheerful illustrations of Poppy happily skating and interacting with her friends from other countries, the book emphasizes the intangible rewards of taking on challenges and learning about the world rather than winning." -- School Library Journal
" Her new book is - as expected - equally adorable to her first book...Classy Mommy Approved!" -- Classy Mommy
"This ranks as one of the best kids book I've read in a long time. There are just so many great messages in It's a Big World, Little Pig! I can definitely see Kristi channeling some of her own personal experiences into this book." -- Lisa Reviews
"Sounds so cute! And the best part is that 100% of the proceeds from the book will benefit early childhood literacy programs supported by Kristi's "Always Dream" Foundation.

Very, very impressive." -- Perezitos
"It seems like wherever Poppy goes though, she seems to inspire everyone!!" -- OKC Mommy
"It's a Big World Little Pig is simply a charming story that is beautifully illustrated by Tim Bowers. I loved the illustrations just as much as the story itself. I always found Kristi Yamaguchi's performances on ice to be amazing to watch, and I get that same warm feeling reading her novel. There's a strong message about overcoming fear that will benefit children too...It's definitely a book to add to your shelves." -- Roundtable Reviews
"My mom is a librarian and used to focus on children's literature, so she's an expert on kids' books, and both she and my kids thought the book was great. I read through it myself and wholeheartedly agreed with them." -- Growing My Kids
"This is the perfect book for any child about to embark on a new and different escapade in their life, such as school or moving or even starting on a new club, like girl scouts or hockey!" -- Outnumbered 3 to 1
"My kids really enjoyed this book. They liked Poppy's costume and smiled at the different characters. While I'm not sure they fully absorbed the message in a single read I know this book will help foster a strong sense of their ability to accomplish anything they set out to." -- Life of a Sippy Cup Mom
"The illustrations in the book are colorful and fun and the book has a hardback cover that will help withstand little hands. I'm sure it will become a favorite bedtime story for many children." -- Mother 2 Mother
"The story is just so empowering and delivers this wonderful message abut overcoming your fears, which is great inspiration for children." -- Media Mikes
"Like the first book in the series, It's a Big World, Little Pig! is a beautifully illustrated book with an important message, and your children will love to read this one over and over again with Mom or Dad! Hitting bookstores on March 6th, 2012, It's a Big World, Little Pig! is a must-read this Spring!" -- Tiny Green Mom
"Bowers' illustrations are the highlight of the book, with all the animal characters possessing distinct personalities. Also, I think it's commendable that one hundred percent of Kristi's profits from It's a Big World, Little Pig! will benefit early childhood literacy programs through her Always Dream Foundation." -- Grandma's Briefs
"I think I enjoyed this book more than the original Poppy story, Dream Big, Little Pig! Maybe it's because the background world is so developed; Poppy shares the spotlight with a number of other athletes from around the world. Maybe it's because the message is less on "I want to be a star!" and more on how great it is to make friends. " -- Crowding the Book Truck
"It will be a nice addition to our book collection and perfect for winter themes and talks about the Olympics. " -- Mom Vs. The Boys
"This book is adorable and teaches a great lesson. The illustrations are bright and fun. My son enjoyed all the colors and great illustrations. I love that it is hard cover and can withstand my two year old's rough way of reading books." -- The IE Mommy
"Yamaguchi did a great job writing this cute story that lets children know their dreams are never too big to accomplish. It is simply but nicely written and brightly illustrated with fun pictures by Tim Bowers that any child would enjoy. " -- 3 Garnets and 2 Sapphires
"My kids enjoyed hearing the story, especially six-year-old Emily. "When are we signing up for figure skating lessons, Mommy?" I hope your children enjoy this heart-felt story as much as mine did. " -- Stowed Stuff
"I love that Yamaguchi not only teaches about courage and bravery in this book, but also teaches children that though they might not all look alike on the outside or even speak the same language, we can all communicate universally through kindness." -- Our Growing Garden
"I absolutely LOVED that her friend said, " It's a big world, little pig, but remember that everyone smiles in the same language!" I never really thought about it before, but that is such a true phrase that we can all use with all the different things we have to face!" -- Jumpin' Beans
"Children can benefit from Poppy's determination and willingness to try new things and go new places. Leanrning about different cultures and people is important for all kids- it will help them be better world citizens." -- Have Sippy Will Travel
"A great book that shares the message that even though we are all different, we are all human first. Poppy is a positive and relatable character that shows with persistence, anything is possible." -- Literacy Toolbox
"As a parent, I love this book and how Kristi Yamaguchi helps to show that fears are normal when you do something new and different... The educator in me adores how this book could convert to many teachable moments with older children." -- The Angel Forever
"My 7 year old daughter wanted to read it as soon as she saw this book. The illustrations are fun in the bright colors that she loves; they make the reader smile right along with Poppy." -- Jendi's Journal
"My 6 year old daughter and I read this together. We both loved it. This is a great encouraging read for young children. " -- Wanted Readers
"This is a great book with positive messages for children ages 4 and up. My nearly 8-year old really enjoyed it, too." -- Ann I Am
"I think the message is very valuable about overcoming your fears and understanding that while people may have differences, you can make friends no matter the language. I think this book is great to help your preschooler and elementary school child with learning to read." -- Dallas Single Mom
"The concept is in itself endearing, and the writing style clearly reflects Yamaguchi's connection with young ones (specifically, her two adorable girls). At its core, the story is about encouragement and acceptance--themes that are perfectly complimented by Tim Bowers' soft and cheery illustrations, which are also perfect for engaging those too young to read along with mom." -- Elizabeth St.
"An adorable read encouraging kids to dream big, be brave, and make new friends no matter where you are." -- Not So 31
"I recommend It's a Big World, Little Pig! to preschool parents, especially those with little girls. Kids will love the positive, upbeat story and Tim Bowers' bright illustrations. This would be a great birthday gift, and it's a must if you know a child who figure skates. Kristi Yamaguchi's encouragement to "dream big!" is one our kids need to hear." -- It's Fundamental
"Delightful, enjoyable and most importantly teaches children (and adults) that regardless of our differences, everyone is the same at heart. " -- Siimple Sojouns
"It's a Big World, Little Pig! is a sweet book with a nice message about overcoming fears and finding commonalities wherever you are." -- Simple Mom Reviews
"IT'S A BIG WORLD, LITTLE PIG brings together many cool themes (besides ice): following your dreams, making friends, diversity, independence, and doing your best. And it's all rolled up in a figure-skating package! What could be more perfect?" -- Tara Lazar
"As with "Dream Big, Little Pig!"It's a Big World, Little Pig!" is an upbeat book about positive pig power. Instead of the competition of the World Games, Kristi focuses on friendship and facing fears. " -- Cracking The Cover
"Teaching a child to dream is so very important and Poppy helps to encourage this. She also shares a very important lesson-- a smile is the same in each and every language." -- Wee Share
"Tobin loved the book and I was surprised that he was able to sit through the whole thing and has requested that we read it several times. So even though I think a little girl would absolutely adore this book, I think it's also a great book for boys too! I think children of all ages will love this book, as well as adults. It has a great message and beautiful artwork." -- Second Time Around
"If you are looking for a great present for a little girl, especially one who is into sports, dancing, cheerleading or music, I would recommend both books and the t-shirt! Plus, you know that the proceeds are going to help another child get their dream, so you give and get a gift at the same time!" -- Bless their Hearts Mom
"I loved reading this book to my girls and I know they enjoyed it as well. My youngest daughter, Sabrina (3) wants to take it to school for Show N Tell, so I will let her do that this next Friday. I think the teacher would love it as much as I do and it would be a great book to read aloud to the class. " -- A Delicious Obsession
"Here are my 6 year old niece's thoughts: It was good. I liked the book. I liked how she didn't get nervous and made friends. I liked that she got to see her parents. And they got to go all over Paris - and see the Eiffel Tower (that was very cool)." -- Jennifer's Reviews
"As a parent, I like how positive, inspiring and encouraging the book is as Poppy forms international friendships...Since reading Kristi's darling books, I can no longer say, "When Pigs Fly." Poppy has shown me that anything is possible." -- Baby Gizmo Blog
"You can feel Kristi's passion for her sport and love for people all around the world in her book...The adorable illustrations remind me of Richard Scarry at times. They are simple and sweet. I really enjoyed this book. " -- Andi's Kids Books