Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne #BookReview #BookTour

Book Details:

Book Title:  Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Mar, 2021
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021
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

My Review:

In Zippy’s special gift, Zippy, the Zebra does not like the way she looks because of her stripes. None of her friends from the jungle have stripes and she is sad about it. She shares her sadness with her mother who guides Zippy to go speak to her friends to find out about their special gifts.

Zippy’s friend Duck tells her she doesn’t like her webbed feet by their looks but they help her swim. Similarly, the frog wishes if he could walk on earth like his other friends yet he feels proud of himself for being able to leap. The same goes for the monkey who accepts his long tail gets in his way often and still he is happy it lets him have fun by aiding him to hang upside down from the tree. Zippy’s other friends – owl and dog also tell her their own tales of their special gifts.

After listening to her friends, Zippy gets convinced though her stripes make her look different than others, it is the stripes which make her so Zippy, unique and special.

The illustrations are in warm colours and appealing to the sight. The characters depicted in the illustrations are adorable. The text in the book flows rhythmically in small sentences which is perfect for younger children.

I would recommend this book for the following reasons –

  1. Zippy’s story of recognising her special gift and her loving herself for that is a story of self-acceptance and self-love we all need to pass onto our children. What is better than doing the same in their early childhood!
  2. I have always believed a children’s book is not supposed to be limited to children alone. They can be inspiring for the grown-ups as well. Hence, Zippy’s special gift serves as a reminder to the parents or the primary carers as well to consider their uniqueness and celebrate themselves for it.
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Meet the Author:

Author Therese Van Ryne

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

This book review is a part of the Book Review Tour organized by iRead Book Tours.

I recieved a pdf copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.



  1. Perfect for teaching kids about self-acceptance! I liked the reasons you cited to read zippy’s story and absolutely agree with you Anamika. So many good recommendations from you. I am going to have to buy a new bookshelf for all these books! 🙂

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  2. Anamika – Thank you for your amazing review! I appreciate your thoughtful comments and insights into how this book can make a difference for children as well as the adults who share it with them. My best, Therese

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  3. What a lovely book about self-acceptance, Anamika and am glad your review does so much justice to a topic that is so relevant to all age groups, particularly children whose lives might even change for the better if the book drives home an essential life lesson.
    P.S. I wish someone had bought me this book when I was a kid.

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