Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Zippy's Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

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

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My Review
Zippy's Special Gift is a sweet children's book with a good message for young readers. It's a story about acceptance and learning to love the things that make people (or in this case, animals) different.
Zippy is a young zebra who doesn't like her stripes. She thinks they make her too different. But soon, Zippy realizes that all of her friends have something that makes them special and unique, even if they don't like that specific thing about themselves either. 
I really liked this book. It's a fun, quick little read with colorful illustrations that engage the reader.
Kids will find themselves easily drawn in, eager to read the story again and again. 
An absolutely wonderful children's book.
5 stars!

Guest Post
The Most Influential People in My Writing Career

 I still remember my second-grade teacher, Miss Donovan. She always encouraged me to write about interesting topics, and she found a way to provide constructive criticism that helped me grow my skills. Here is a poem I wrote for her when she was out ill one day: There’s only one time when your clock won’t tick. It’s when everyone misses you and when you are sick! A budding poet, no less! 😊 In addition to encouraging young writers, Miss Donovan also made each student feel special. She had an amazing way to recognize each of us and cherish our strengths while helping us build on areas of improvement too. In a way, she also inspired the theme of “Zippy’s Special Gift" as well, a book that reminds us all to always celebrate our special gifts as they are what makes each of us unique.

Another person who influenced my writing was Mike Jacobs at the NBC-TV affiliate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I had the honor of interning for Mike while I attended Marquette University. While Mike was a news anchor on the nightly news broadcasts, he also delivered updates during hourly newsbreaks on one of the top local radio stations. I wrote his radio news updates each afternoon, and I still remember walking from his newsroom office to the radio booth where he broadcast his news updates. I’d listen to him deliver the news and then we would walk back to the newsroom together and as we walked together, he would give me tips on how to improve the next news script. I learned a great deal from Mike. Above all, he taught me less is best. It’s important to convey the story with key facts in a concise way so that the listeners can understand the story in a short amount of time so they are informed and can move along with their day. I applied this technique to “Zippy’s Special Gift,” keeping the text short yet impactful with the goal of delivering an enjoyable story for readers of all ages.

Blogger’s note: For over 50 years, Zebra Technologies has helped people around the world with solutions to keep them connected and make better business decisions. Our mascot, Zippy represents our diverse culture and the fun we like to have at work. In “Zippy’s Special Gift,” Zippy introduces us to her connections – her best animal friends who help her make an important decision about herself. Check us out at


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. Jasmine - thank you for your positive review of "Zippy's Special Gift"! I truly appreciate your kind words, thoughtful analysis and 5-star rating.


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