Cute Kids’ Book Giveaway

In her first children’s picture book, Dream Big, Little Pig!, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi introduced a persistent pig named Poppy who tried to figure out what she was good at.  Eventually she stumbles on figure skating and works hard until she’s a star.  Yamaguchi’s follow up book, It’s a Big World, Little Pig!, follows Poppy as she heads to the World Games ice skating championship in Paris.

The second book also hits on the themes of having big dreams and working hard in pursuit of your goals, but also includes ideas like being friendly, being a good sport, and reaching out to other people even when they are different.

One thing I appreciate from the two books is the way Yamaguchi conveys that in order to be really good at something you have to practice and work hard, but that it’s OK to try a few things before you find a good fit.  This is something I think is hard to balance for little kids, because it seems like nowadays sports and classes are set up for kids who are really serious about whatever it is, and it’s hard to find more relaxed leagues or classes for kids who just want to try something out, even for younger age groups.


The publisher sent me a copy of It’s a Big World, Little Pig!, so if you’d like to win a copy of this cute book for your little girl, please leave a comment and let us know how you balance letting your kids try things out with teaching them about the value of practice.

The giveaway will close on Thursday, March 15 and the winner will be announced on Friday, March 16.


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  The publisher sent me a copy of the book to offer in a giveaway, but the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

10 thoughts on “Cute Kids’ Book Giveaway

  1. Looking forward to readinf a good book to my 5 year old girl.there is much drivel found at the library shelves for this age !!

  2. My oldest is almost 3 so we’re just starting out and I appreciate learning what other moms do about balancing school and activies, etc.

  3. Would love to share with my granddaughter – she lives out of the country but our favorite past time when we get together is reading!! Would love to add this one to our collection!!

  4. Now that Lucy’s 3 she’s taking both “ballet” (which at this age is really creative movement with some ballet mixed in) and she just started violin about a month or so ago. It’s funny – she needs no coaxing at all to practice her dance routines. Just turn on the music and she’s off, and she’s really paying attention to the details of the dance moves and sequence of the routines now too – and will correct you if you don’t do it right! She really loves it and seems to have a natural inclination and aptitude towards it, so that one is not hard at all. The violin is another story – she likes to play it but doesn’t always like to practice the skill-building that helps her to play better. Her teacher is great at finding ways to make it relaxed and fun, and at this early age we’re not freaking out if she doesn’t have a great practice every time. However, I’m a little stumped as to how to get her to learn to practice diligently as she gets older – especially since I know this is something my mom struggled with me over!!! It’s hard to know – at what point would we let her try something else? For the time being, and since she seems to love her lessons and playing (just not the discipline of practice) we’re going to keep at it and see how it goes. This is a tough question!

    1. Kelly, since I have a hard time getting my SIX year old to practice piano, I don’t have a good insight into how to get a 3 year old to do it! But I applaud you for trying. Is she taking Suzuki? I would imagine it would be a lot of intensive hands on parent time to practice violin with a child her age. It sounds like you’re taking a great patient approach and it will probably develop with time.

  5. I have two young daughters 4 and 8. We help them and guide them but also instill the importance of practice and patience and how they have to do this on their own.

  6. Convincing young children to practice is hard, particularly because they are too young (I believe) to truly see and appreciate the place of small things in the bigger picture. For example, my daughter, Mary, has been taking violin lessons for 6 months now. The reality of the first year of suzuki violin with a young child is that the entire year is spent mastering just one song (a variation of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”) I am having a hard time convincing Mary, who imagines that she should be able to play Mozart by now, that she needs to master the nuances of the instrument by constantly practicing and perfecting one song in order to someday crank out a more sophisticated piece. Maybe this book could help me help her to see the grand scheme of things??

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