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Sunday, December 18, 2016

PERIWINKLE'S JOURNEY Book Review and Giveaway (US/CA)

This winter, Suzy Spafford, creator and illustrator of the beloved Suzy’s Zoo, joins forces with author Judy Petersen-Fleming, expanding her menagerie to include penguins in Periwinkle’s Journey (Blue Sneaker Press; $16.99; ISBN: 978-1-943198-03-0; Ages 4-8; 48 pages).

About the Book
Periwinkle has lived her whole life in Australia, surrounded by other blue penguins just like her. However, when she gets an invitation to her cousin Crystal’s birthday party in Antarctica, she realizes she looks different than the rest of her black-and-white cousins. With some encouragement from her mother, who tells her “it’s what’s inside that matters”, Periwinkle sets out on an adventure to Antarctica to meet the rest of her family and learns to appreciate what makes her unique along the way.

Children will want to cuddle up with the adorable animals depicted in Spafford’s full-color illustrations, from penguins to koalas to albatrosses to whales, as they read this entertaining and educational tale. Young readers will learn about the 17 types of penguins, illustrated by Periwinkle’s numerous cousins, as well as discover fun facts such as their inability to fly, penchant for rock collecting, and variety of habitats from Australia to Antarctica to the Galápagos (but not the North Pole, where the polar bears live!). Periwinkle makes many new friends on her journey to the South Pole, and along the way discovers the depths of her own bravery as well as the important truth that what makes us different also makes us special.

About the Author

Judy Petersen-Fleming is an author and social entrepreneur who has shared the wonderment of exotic animals with people around the world for more than 30 years. While Judy has worked with a vast array of fascinating animals over the years, she has a particular fondness for penguins. Over time, she has become aware of the many misconceptions that exist about these comical birds, and it is her passion for educating kids that led to her commitment to develop Suzy’s World with Suzy Spafford. Judy and her husband, Bill, live in Scottsdale, Arizona.


About the Illustrator
Suzy Spafford is the creator and illustrator of Suzy’s Zoo. Her artwork first appeared as greeting cards in 1968, and over the years, her characters have appeared on a wide variety of products in over 23 countries. In addition to her work with Suzy’s World, Suzy is working on a new animated television series, Adventures in Duckport, featuring the central characters from Suzy’s Zoo. Suzy and her husband, Ray Lidstrom, have four adult children and four grandchildren between them. Suzy and Ray live in an old arts-and-crafts house in San Diego, California, where Suzy continues to illustrate her whimsical characters.

John's Review

I like penguins and I've always dreamed of one day making it to visit Antarctica. Periwinkle's Journey is the tale of his journey to Antarctica for a birthday party to visit his penguin cousins. The book teaches about penguins in general but more importantly teaches about diversity and self esteem and how it's okay to be different. Periwinkle is the only blue penguin of the bunch, and his mama tells him how brave he is. She gives him a necklace to remind him how brave he is for his journey and Periwinkle ends up giving the necklace as the birthday present in the end. Great illustrations all around with a great story to back it up. Apparently, this is the first book in a series to teach more about animals to kids. I think the author does a great job here to go beyond just teaching about the animals. Early readers of picture books will definitely enjoy.

About the Giveaway

The giveaway is for a special Perwinkle gift set! The prize pack includes a SIGNED copy (by both author and illustrator) of Periwinkle’s Journey, and an official, copyrighted Periwinkle pendant that is perfect for necklaces or charm bracelets! If you're interested in purchasing the prize pack, it is available for $51.98 combined.
The pendant is designed by Scott and Marla Berger at Addison Taylor Fine Jewelry, LLC, and The Tree of Life Foundation, who recently launched a special jewelry collection in collaboration with StarShine Academy to benefit Pope Francis’ A Chance In Life charity, supporting its mission of giving refugee children opportunities of education to help them become self-confident, creative and responsible leaders in their communities.

The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18+ and ends at 11:59pm EST on 12/31/2016. Void where prohibited.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.

27 comments:

  1. I saw the Wags And Whiskers characters, so cute!

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  2. Oh my gosh her zoo is amazingly adorable!! They're perfect for kids!

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  3. Saw Wags & Whiskers, my grandsons would love them, thanks!

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  4. I saw a cute picture of three cats on a scooter.

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  5. Corky turtle, he has always been my favorite.

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  6. I saw a Wags and Whiskers section!

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  7. I see that they have a Little Susie's Zoo section, and a Wags and Whiskers section ;)

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  8. I love the Wags and Whiskers! Such cute characters!!

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  9. I like the Wags & Whiskers stationery collections.

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  10. I saw that they have a wags and whiskers stationary collection.

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  11. I love the Wags & Whiskers. So cute. We have a cat named Smoki.

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  12. I saw that she has a newsletter! :)

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  13. They have a lot of fun coloring sheets

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  14. I learned that they have a newsletter. Thank you

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  15. I saw that they have coloring sheets.

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  16. I saw that you can read "Rainy Day Friends" online! It's so cute!

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  17. I really like that I can read online as well as print coloring pages

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  18. i love that they have coloring pages that can be printed.

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  19. Ellie Funt, the elephant and Patches, the giraffe are my favorite characters.

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  20. I really like the Wags And Whiskers. They are very cute :)

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  21. I love the name of Jack Quacker.

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  22. They have a lot of fun coloring sheets

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  23. I love the characters from "Wags & Whiskers".

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