About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Zippy's Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne: Review & Giveaway with iRead Book Tours

Join us for this tour from Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Zippy's Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
PublisherMascot Books
Release date:   Mar, 2021
Format available: hardback
Content Rating:  G for everyone.
Book Description:

Zippy the Zebra doesn't like her stripes. She doesn't want to stand out! Follow Zippy as she embarks upon a thrilling adventure with her animal friends that helps her realize everyone is perfect just the way they are. Profits from the sales of Zippy's Special Gift will be donated to one of Zebra Technologies strategic charitable partners, Bernies Book Bank, a non-profit organization that changes the story for under-served children and helps them read their way to a better life! Learn more at www.berniesbookbank.org.

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Zippy is a zebra who has many friends, but none of them look like her. Her mother wisely tells her that "Your stripes are a special gift that never ever end!" She goes on to explain that "Your friends all have special gifts, too, and that gives them each their style."

Author Therese Van Ryne and illustrator Walter Policelli offer children a delightful book filled with rhyming text and beautful pictures, and it's a story that both entertains and educates. A duck, dog, frog, monkey, and owl each talk about what makes them different, and what makes each of them special.

This book is a charming way to show children that even if they aren't like other kids, they are all special. Zippy's Special Gift helps reinforce that differences help set them apart, and these differences should be considered gifts! It also encourages kindness and acceptance.

I received a copy of this book from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

Meet the Author:

Zippy’s Special Gift is Van Ryne’s debut children’s book. She currently serves as the Global Director of PR, Thought Leadership and Advocacy for Zebra Technologies. One of PR News’ 2019 Top Women in PR, Van Ryne also has experience as a journalist, editor and producer, reporting nightly from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

connect with the author: instagram ~ facebook ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Mar 15 - Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 16 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 16 - Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 16 - A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 19 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Mar 19 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 22 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 23 - The Bespectacled Mother – book review
Mar 24 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Mar 25 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 26 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 29 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Mar 30 – The Book Review Crew – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 31 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Mar 31 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 1 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Apr 2 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 5 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Apr 5 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Apr 6 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 7 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Arp 8 – Laura's Interests – book review / giveaway
Apr 8 - My Journey Back the Journey Back – book review / giveaway
Apr 9 -  I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 9 - Books for Books – book review

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your positive review, Connie. I agree we should always celebrate our "special gifts"! My best, Therese