Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars
Kristi Yamaguchi is an award winning figure skater, who has won many championships and it turns out she is also a really great author. Her last book “Dream Big, Little Pig!” was a New York Times Bestseller. This second book in her series continues with a new adventure for Poppy the pig. The book is just so welcoming from the cover to cover with amazing illustrations by Tim Bowers. The illustrations are so colorful yet warm and really accompany the words well. Although only 32 pages, the story is just so empowering and delivers this wonderful message abut overcoming your fears, which is great inspiration for children.
Poppy faces a new adventure in this book; the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris. Poppy although nervous about visiting a new place and meeting new people, she is strong and packed by a supportive family. On her new journey is meets a snowboarding Panda, a skiing Maltese, a Crane and a Kangaroo, who also skate. The main message of the story shows that even though they may look or act different, they are just like her. Such a sweet and yet powerful message in this story.
With my daughter on her way (due May 2012), I am really looking forward to sharing this book with her. I believe that she will really enjoy it and hopefully it will inspire her to follow her dreams and dream big. Kristi Yamaguchi really knows how to tell an interesting story and capture the interest of both the children and their parents (which is not an easy task). I look forward to future books from her, especially in this series.