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Zippy's Special Gift Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Have your ever had doubts about something special about yourself, such as the way you look, talk or walk? Well then, you are not alone. Follow Zippy the Zebra, as she goes on a journey of self-discovery in Therese Van Ryne's debut children's picture book Zippy's Special Gift. Check it out and enter to win a signed copy!

About the Book:

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 2, 2021
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

My Review:

Zebras are probably best remembered by their remarkable stripes, which have frequently served as a source of inspiration for fashion designers. I don't know how other zebras might feel about their own stripes, but Zippy doesn't like hers, simply because she doesn't want to look different from her friends. When she brings up her concerns to her mom, Zippy is asked to go about finding out what special gift each of her friend has. To her surprise, all of them have a special trait they don't always like but learn to appreciate over time. She finally realizes how precious her own special gift is.

With cheerful pictures, adorable characters, and rhyming text, the book encourages young readers to embrace what makes themselves unique, and to understand that diversity is what makes the world so wonderful. Everyone is born with a special gift that makes perfect sense, although it may take time to discover how good it is. The story teaches about kindness, acceptance, self-love and friendship. I also love how Zippy's mom encourages her to figure out the answer to her question by doing her own research and interviewing her friends. Zippy wouldn't have been so enlightened if her mother just feeds her with a "correct" explanation. Zippy's Special Gift is a fun and educational read that is easy to understand and a joy to read aloud.

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About 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

One lucky reader will win an autographed copy of Zippy's Special Gift!

Giveaway ends 4/15. Open to US only. Please enter below and good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate my honest review. All views and opinions expressed are my own. Giveaway is hosted by iRead Book Tours. icefairy's Treasure Chest is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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