Title: Dream Big Little Pig!
Author: Kristi Yamaguchi
Illustrator: Tim Bowers
Poppy wants to be a star. She dreams of being a ballerina but she’s clumsy. Then she dreams of being a singer but she’s always out of tune. Then she sees an ice rink and even though at first she stumbles, this time she doesn’t give up.
I chose this spread because I felt Tim had captured what it’s like for people who go on reality singing competitions like X Factor. Poppy’s family are great supporters but she gets a knock-back from the industry professionals. Poppy gives up on singing but she doesn’t stop dreaming big.
Written by Olympic gold medallist Kristi, this book has a clear message: to never give up on your dreams and believe you can accomplish anything. I think it’s important to note, Poppy’s dream is being a star (not a ballerina or singer or supermodel, all things she gives up on fairly quickly) and she does accomplish this through ice-skating. This would be a nice story to read to a child who is lacking in confidence – we can’t be great at everything but if you find something you enjoy then go for it and persevere.
Picture Book Perfect Rating:
Three stars out of five.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication date: 15 April 2012
ISBN: 978 1402271946