Children’s Book Review: Dream Big, Little Pig, by Kristi Yamaguchi

Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi has written a sweet story of courage and perseverance in her new children’s book, Dream Big, Little Pig.

In the story, Poppy is a pig who knows she wants to make it big. She tries one thing after another – singing, modeling, ballet – and discovers she’s not so great at any of them. Her mother, grandparents, and best friend keep her spirits up, though, with constant words of support and encouragement. When Poppy finally decides to let go of her worries, she finds that sometimes following your heart leads you to your dreams after all.

I really enjoyed Poppy’s story, and especially appreciated her spunk and how she is surrounded by positivity. There are some great alliterations that make this book fun to read aloud, and although I worried at first that the book would be “too girly” for my 3yo son, the story translated just fine and has become a bedtime favorite. I also have to give a special mention to the illustrations (done by the versatile Tim Bowers), which are absolutely delightful.

According to Yamaguchi’s website, “a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Dream Big, Little Pig will go to support the Always Dream Foundation and its early childhood literacy initiative.” About the foundation, Yamaguchi writes:

I founded the Always Dream Foundation to inspire children to reach for the stars. Through Poppy, I hope to reach kids directly, helping to pass along our message of hope that you are only limited by how big you can dream!
The motto “Always Dream” has served as my personal inspiration for many years. It is my constant reminder to dream big, never lose sight of my goals, and strive to become a better person. This book represents my desire to share that with children everywhere.

*Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. And, not to boast, but I think I might read Yamaguchi’s book aloud better than she does.