Zippy’s Special Gift, written by Therese Van Ryne and illustrated by Walter Policelli is a story about embracing the special gifts that make us unique. The story begins with Zippy telling her mother how she doesn’t like her stripes. Her mother tells Zippy that the stripes are her special gift. She then encourages Zippy to ask her friends about each of their special gifts such as Frog’s leaping gift and Duck’s webbed feet.
Zippy’s Special Gift is written to help represent the diverse culture of Zebra Technologies. Therese is the Global Director of Public Relations at Zebra Technologies. Listen to our podcast to learn more about Therese and how Zippy, Zebra Technologies Mascot helps children embrace diversity and inclusion. To learn more about Zebra Technologies, visit their website here.
In addition, this book is dedicated to Bernie’s Book Bank. This non-profit organization is committed to transforming the educational journey of children by giving them the tools they need to be successful readers. All of the profits from the sales of Zippy’s Special Gift are donated to this organization.
Carryover Activity: To download the free coloring page for this book, zippy coloring book
Speech and Language Tips: As you are reading this book, define what a special gift. Since this is more of abstract thought (many children view gifts as material items) for many children, give examples. For example, if your child loves to draw, their special gift may be art. A special gift can be anything such as being kind or being a good friend.
Therese Van Ryne
Therese Van Ryne is Global Director of PR, Thought Leadership, and Advocacy for Zebra Technologies. She joined Zebra as part of the acquisition of Motorola Solutions Enterprise business in October 2014. Her accomplishments include leading Zebra events with Harvard University and TED. She also recently published a children’s book titled, “Zippy’s Special Gift” which reflects the inclusive culture at Zebra. All profits from its sales are being donated to Bernie’s Book Bank.