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.
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.
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 –
- 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!
- 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:
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.
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