Last Updated on March 24, 2023 by ellen
Are you a fan of Suzy’s Zoo? I know that I am. I just love the adorable illustrations. 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.
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Periwinkle’s Journey 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.
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.
Being very involved in philanthropic causes, in 2012, Scott and Marla created The Tree of Life Foundation. The Tree of Life Jewelry Collection offers charities a way to share their story, raise funds, and bring together like-minded people. Each piece has the unifying symbol of the tree of life connecting us all and is uniquely designed to bring out and share the beauty in each person. This is the purpose of the foundation to connect all of the people in our world as one—and finally growing together as the stars above. Changing the world one tree at a time… We become one.
One of my readers will win a special Periwinkle prize pack. 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!
Ellen is a mom of a 25-year-old son and 30-year-old daughter. She is Grandma to one adorable toddler. In what little spare time she has, she loves to read, watch movies, and check out the latest toys and games.