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Penguin Bloom : The Odd Little Bird Who Saved A Family - Cameron Bloom

Penguin Bloom

The Odd Little Bird Who Saved A Family

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Published: 21st March 2016
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Penguin Bloom is a unique journey of recovery and an extraordinary celebration of life, featuring Cameron Bloom's exceptional photographs and a captivating narrative by New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive. Penguin the Magpie is a global social media sensation with over 113k followers on Instagram. People the world over have fallen in love with the stunning and deeply personal images of this rescued bird and her human family.

But there is far more to Penguin's story than meets the eye. This is a true story of hope and courage. It begins with a shocking accident, in which Cameron's wife, Sam, suffers a near fatal fall that leaves her paralysed and deeply depressed. Into their lives comes Penguin, an injured magpie chick abandoned after she fell from her nest.

Penguin's rescue and the incredible joy and strength she gives Sam and all those who helped her survive demonstrates that, however bleak things seem, compassion, friendship and support can come from unexpected quarters, ensuring there are always better days ahead. This plucky little magpie reminds us all that, no matter how lost, fragile or damaged we feel, accepting the love of others and loving them in return will help to make us whole.

About the Author

Cameron Bloom began his career as a surf photographer at the age of 15. Since then his editorial and travel images have featured in many international publications. Cameron is also the award-winning cinematographer of Surrender, which was screened at the London Art Fair.

Bradley Trevor Greive became a publishing sensation after the release of THE BLUE DAY BOOK in 2000; he has since sold more than 25 million books in 115 countries. In 2014 BTG was awarded the Order of Australia for his service to literature and wildlife conservation.

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4.8

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  • Deserves multiple readings (13)
  • Easy to read (13)
  • Engaging characters (12)
  • Well written (12)
  • Page-turner (9)

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4.0

Great photos

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from Melbourne

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      Comments about Penguin Bloom:

      It was less a written story as one in pictures.

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      5.0

      A Beautiful Story for the Whole Family

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      from Gold Coast

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      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Informative
      • Page-Turner
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        Comments about Penguin Bloom:

        A heartbreakingly beautiful story.

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        5.0

        An emotional journey on steroids

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        from Toodyay WA

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        Pros

        • An Emotional Overload
        • Brilliant Photography
        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters
        • Informative
        • Page-Turner
        • This Is Also Heart Warmin
        • This Is Heart Wrenching
        • Well Written

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          • A Wake Up Call For Life
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          Comments about Penguin Bloom:

          This book gains impact because the story is true. And Penguin is a real person but in the guise of a magpie. I found the emotional depth quite overpowering at times, but perhaps others won't do so. All you have to do is free your mind and accept the joy that is Penguin, and let her guide you. It is a simple exercise to link man and animal with the spirit world, and this book does it with skill and sensitivity.

          I have read it four times and have leant it to a friend.

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          4.0

          Heartrending and lovely

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          from Ipswich, Australia

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          • Easy To Read
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            Comments about Penguin Bloom:

            Beautifully written and photographed. Difficult topic tackled with honesty.

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            5.0

            Blooming good read

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            from Mackay

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            • Engaging characters
            • Informative
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              Comments about Penguin Bloom:

              Lovely book. My mother (aged 88) also enjoyed it.

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              5.0

              Inspiring stuff

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              from Sydney, AU

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                Comments about Penguin Bloom:

                This is essentially a love story and a beautiful one at that. Both the words and the pictures will break your heart and fill it up all at the same time. I think we can all learn a lot from Penguin and the Bloom family. A most excellent addition to our bookshelf and one that will be re-read again and again.

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                5.0

                a wonderful story

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                from Sydney

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                    Comments about Penguin Bloom:

                    This was a very uplifting story... I have a family of magpies that come to my garden every year... I put the sprinkler on low for them on very hot days

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                    5.0

                    Delightful, inspiring

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                    from Adelaide, Australia

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                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                    • Easy To Read
                    • Engaging characters
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                    • Warm-hearted
                    • Well Written

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                      • Great All-rounder
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                      Comments about Penguin Bloom:

                      A simply beautiful book: a family finds love, delight and healing through a small, feathered helper. This book reminds us that humans, despite our self-centredness, are part of the web of life, and that solace can come from the greater Universe in a most unexpected way.

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                      5.0

                      DIVINE and Truthful Read

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                      from Auckland, NZ

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                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
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                        Comments about Penguin Bloom:

                        I adore this book, not only for it's words but the incredible pictures. An amazing true story of an incredible family, who reveal their struggles and pain after a horrific accident and their triumph of growing through it together.

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                        • Deserves Multiple Readings
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                        • Heart Warming
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                          Comments about Penguin Bloom:

                          A strong, heart warming story of a Family's recovery and resilience from tragedy. A Family who loved and in turn was loved by a little orphaned Magpie they called Penguin.

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                          ISBN: 9780733334948
                          ISBN-10: 0733334946
                          Audience: General
                          Format: Hardcover
                          Language: English
                          Number Of Pages: 208
                          Published: 21st March 2016
                          Publisher: ABC Books
                          Country of Publication: AU
                          Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 21.0  x 2.4
                          Weight (kg): 0.76