When Pigs Fly! Dream Big, Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi
POPPY WAS A PIG WITH DREAMS.
AND SHE WAS A PIG WHO DREAMED BIG.
SHE WANTED TO BE A STAR!
But being a star requires that Poppy pick a career in which she can star.
Prima ballerina? A "toddlin', waddlin' pig?" Poppy falls and fails the tryouts.
A swingin' songstress? Poppy can't carry a tune in a tin bucket.
A posh supermodel? Poppy is just not built to be a slinky, glittery runway celebrity.
Then Poppy catches a glimpse of a girl executing a spin on the ice rink in Rockefeller Plaza.
"Do what you love," her mother has said, and Poppy is in love with the ice. She laces up some skates and stays at it all day until she is able to skate across the rink without falling. In the days to come she learns that she also loves to practice--and practice she does. She's not perfect, but every day her work pays off, and she soon is able to twirl and spin and jump.
BEFORE SHE KNEW IT, SKATERS WERE STOPPING TO WATCH POPPY PRACTICE. SHE EVEN HAD HER PICTURE IN THE NEWSPAPER.
POPPY FELT LIKE A STAR!
The sky's the limit for a pig who dreams and works at it, and in former Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi's book, Dream Big, Little Pig! (Jabberwocky, 2011) Poppy the pig is ready to strap on her parachute and take to the air and sky dive next. Illustrator Tim Bowers provides the cutesy pink frou frou, and Yamaguchi, whose successful stint on "Dancing with the Stars" proves her own vocational versatility, takes on a new career herself as picture book author.