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Publisher's Summary

Penguin Bloom is an extraordinary true story full of hope and courage, featuring Cameron Bloom's captivating narrative by New York Times best-selling author Bradley Trevor Greive.

Penguin the Magpie is a global social media sensation. 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. 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.

©2016 The Lost Bear Company Pty Ltd and Cameron Bloom Photography Pty Ltd (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Very touching story. Read it!.

This is how little simple things can show us the path to hope. Very inspiring, deep and sublime... nuff said. Now turn the page!.

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Eye opening

Incredible, eye opening & heart wrenching. Worth the read. At first I was a little disappointed it was such a short book, but it’s totally worth purchasing.
I hope this book helps to heal others and opens the eyes of those who will hopefully see PEOPLE not just wheelchair.

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Absolutely beautiful

So many people told me I needed to go see this film, I’m more of a book girl! I am surrounded by cheeky magpies that visit me daily - this story is absolutely beautiful - highly recommended 👌🏼

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Really enjoyed this. I feel I would have gotten more out of it if I read it rather than listened, though a really great story.

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An overworked narrative.

A definitely tragic story but told so over earnestly and written with a little too much repitition.
I would have liked more on the bird and it's role in helping with the rehabilitation which was hinted at in the publicity. In essence a depressing rendition.

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Lovely

Heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal amounts! Gutsy effort Sam, you go for it at the olympics! Well done to Penguin too! And the family.

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This was boring.

Although I'm sure a lovely true story of courage. the delivery was flat. The writing flat.

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So Disappointing

I was excited to hear this story but found it to be a huge let down. It was more like a repetitive statement that this bird helped them rather than giving actual insight into the experience. There was little detail given, other than in the recount of the accident and even that lacked feeling. It was more Cameron’s thoughts on the situation they found themselves in rather than a story. It is a wonderful story and had it been written by a talented author to make the reader feel part of the events with with more of the connection this beautiful bird had to this gorgeous family, it could have been truly brilliant.

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Amazing story.

Heart breaking and uplifting all at once. Well written and great narration by Richard Roxburgh and Edwina Wren.

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Good medicine

Listening during Covid 19 it was a breath of fresh air, a sign of hope.

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  • SarahH
  • 18-09-2020

Beautiful, moving and heartfelt

This is an incredible true story of a family who have to face a terrible tragedy, and how they were helped to heal by a magpie chick. This audiobook brought me to tears but also made me smile. Fantastic narration by Richard Roxburgh and Edwina Wren.

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