Title: It’s a Big World Little Pig
Author: Kristi Yamaguchi
Publication: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: 4 and up
Favorite Line: "We all smile in the same language."
Poppy, the adorable, persistent, dreaming-big pig, has a new adventure in store for her: the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris! Poppy is nervous about meeting so many new people in a new place. But, ever courageous and supported by her family (Emma, too!), Poppy embarks upon this exciting adventure head-on. She meets a snowboarding Panda, a Maltese who skies, and two fellow skaters, a Crane and a Kangaroo. Poppy begins to realize that although these animals look different, act different, and are from different places, they are all the same at heart. They all smile in the same language!
My Thoughts: My 6 year old daughter and I read this together. We both loved it. This is a great encouraging read for young children. Poppy is on her way to the World games in Paris. She is nervous about meeting new people and being in a new place. With the support of her friends and family Poppy is motivated to experiencing new things. Poppy quickly makes friends with other skaters. Each skater she meets are from different countries and they each help each other around the village. Each character gives the other great support and advice. I think this is a great read. My daughter wanted more. We are fans and can’t wait to see what poppy is up to next.