When Kristi Yamaguchi first came out with her first children’s book I was really excited to read it and Zoe loved it too. Kristi Yamaguchi was an idol of mine when I was younger, I loved watching her on the ice and in the story of Dream Big Little Pig she shared how important it is to believe in yourself and try new things.
“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
That same theme is continued in It’s a Big World, Little Pig! It’s a Big World, Little Pig! follows Poppy as she travels to Paris to compete in the World Games. You see in the first book she decided that ice skating was her thing. And it was, even though everyone said a pig ice skating, and with practice she became really good. Which is why she was invited to go to Paris.
At first, Poppy is nervous about meeting so many new people in a new place. But, ever courageous and supported by her family (and best friend Emma, too!), Poppy begins to realize that although these animals look different, act different, and are from different places, they are all the same at heart. They all smile in the same language! Zoe enjoyed reading this book as the girls in it shared a bit of their culture with Poppy. Zoe’s been learning a bit about other countries.
And I have to mention that one hundred percent of Kristi’s profits from It’s a Big World, Little Pig! will benefit early childhood literacy programs supported by her Always Dream Foundation.