Kristi Yamaguchi Inspires a New Generation

"Dream Big Little Pig!" by Kristi Yamaguchi

I was a little girl when Kristi Yamaguchi won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games. Her win made such an impact on me. I bought my first copy of Sports Illustrated, danced around my living room to the strains of “Malaguena” and tried (and failed) to poof my bangs. Most importantly, though, I fell in love with figure skating and I started dreaming a little more.

In a whimsical hardcover book with illustrations by Tim Bowers, Yamaguchi encourages a new generation of children to dream.

“Dream Big, Little Pig!” tells the story of Poppy, a young pig who wants to be a star, but has trouble finding the right niche. Targeted at four- to seven-year-olds, the book encourages kids to bounce back from disappointment and to keep searching until they find a path that suits them. As an uncoordinated kid who tried every sport that the park district offered, I would have loved to hear this message.

Yamaguchi has promoted the release with a nationwide book tour and the hard work has paid off. At press time, “Dream Big, Little Pig!” was enjoying its sixth week on the New York Times Best Seller List for Children’s Picture Books.

Originally published in August 2011