Zippy's Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne - Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages - Children's Picture Book - GUEST POST

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Book TitleZippy's Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
GenreChildren's Picture Book
PublisherMascot Books
Release date:   Mar, 2021
Format available: hardback
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

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“Zippy’s Special Gift” by Therese Van Ryne

Unique Insights Behind Each of the Characters in “Zippy’s Special Gift”

“Zippy’s Special Gift” is my first children's book which is full of colorful animal characters, each of whom plays a significant role in helping Zippy identify her special gift. I'm thrilled to give you interesting background on each of the characters. Starting with our main character: Zippy is a playful, curious young zebra who is adventurous but lacks confidence in herself. As she meets each of her friends and learns how each is different in their own way, she gains more and more confidence.

A steady figure throughout the book, Zippy’s mother is very strong and supportive. Zippy looks up to her mother whose favorite activities include coaching Zippy as well as reading and knitting. She is encouraging without being controlling and is full of empathy for Zippy who wants to find her own way in life while always knowing she is welcome home.

The first animal Zippy encounters on her journey is Duck who is young and fun-loving with bright yellow feathers. He loves to always be near or in the water, has a lot of energy, and is always available to help a friend. Owl is a distinguished character who has the knowledge and stature of the Tootsie Pop owl. Am I dating myself here? 😊 While Duck has big, beaming eyes, Owl keeps his eyes closed most days to conserve energy – only the most important engagements deserve open eyes in his book. Unfortunately, Zippy’s interaction doesn’t qualify, but she still gains wise advice.

Frog is a young bullfrog who is shy but friendly. She is happy being alone on a lily pad, taking in the sun and breeze to relax the day away. It’s after Frog shares her special gift with Zippy that she starts to notice a trend! Monkey is very spirited and loves to entertain people with his ability to hang upside down while doing just about anything. His dark brown fur is complimented by his great big smile that he wears prominently.

Dog is a young pup who is always on the go, but her favorite activity in the world is roaming through colorful flowers, smelling their sweet scents. She is soft and furry and doesn’t have a care in the world, other than being close to the flowers. It is after her talk with Dog that Zippy realizes she has a special gift too, just like all her animal friends!

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.

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  1. Thank you for featuring Zippy's Special Gift on your site and highlighting that profits from the sales of the book are being donated to Bernie's Book Bank.


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