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.
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