Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was absolutely adorable! I really loved the focus on accepting what makes you special and seeing what is special about others! Children will enjoy the fun way this message is told through Zippy and his animal friends!

Zippy is a zebra that doesn’t like her stripes! As we journey with her through the book though, we learn that her stripes make her special, and that we each have something that makes us special too. This was a book that both of my kids were really interested in. They enjoyed learning about what made each of Zippy’s friends unique!

The illustrations are quite fun. They are bright and almost look like stuffed animals. My son really loves zebras and he wants a stuffed animal version of Zippy now!

Overall, this is one that will make you feel special about yourself and those around you. It is a great message for children, and all of us really!

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Mom’s Choice Award®️Winner (Gold) and Recipient of Five-Star Readers’ Favorite Book Review

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!

Just the Facts:

Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne
Genre: Childrens
Page Count: 408 pages
Publisher: Capriole Group
Pub Date: February 18, 2020

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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I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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2 thoughts on “Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

  1. Thank you for your positive review of Zippy’s Special Gift. I appreciate your kind words and thoughtful analysis. I hope all readers of this book will enjoy it too! My best, Therese


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