Rinny is a Three-Toed Sloth. Her favourite things to do include slowly hanging around in the forest, smiling, living in the now, hugging, and listening to the wise messages from nature.
Rinny is also a Rinpoche—which is a title of honour used to describe a spiritual teacher. And like all animals, Rinny has much to teach us.
Sloth's main lesson for us is to slow down. Instead of running around frantically and hurriedly, sloth teaches us to remember that we have enough time to do what we need to do—one slow step at a time.
They remind us to stay grounded, to exercise daily, and to eat slowly and mindfully. Sloths can turn their heads almost 270 degrees and have the spiritual gift of clear vision, reminding us to look at things from different perspectives when we are feeling stuck or stagnant.
‘Rinny the Rinpoche’ is an illustrated storybook about the life of Rinny.
She lives in Stanley Park, Vancouver, and she moves around her world slowly—carefully paying attention and listening to all the valuable and timely messages from her various Stanley Park animal friends such as Barred Owl, Raven, Spider, Ladybug, Harbour Seal, Grey Whale, Coyote, Bald Eagle, Raccoon, and Red Headed Wood-Pecker.
All animals have important lessons to share with us, and each animal embodies different messages. The insights Rinny’s animal friends give to her in the storybook are all based on accurate animal totem medicines.
We have so much to learn from our animal friends!
About the Creators:
♥ Amber Marie Williams wrote the story based on her experiences walking in and being around the animals of Stanley Park
♥ Marie Louise Williams created all the original pencil illustrations
♥ Sheldon Lawrie completed the graphic design, typography and book design
About the Format:
♥ printed on 100% natural kraft recycled paper [100% post consumer waste]
♥ 8.5” by 7”; 32 pages; saddle stitched booklet
♥ produced locally in Vancouver, BC, Canada
This handmade Rinny stuffy is always ‘hanging around’ and ready for hugs, smiles and love.
She has a way of snuggling into every body perfectly, and she just wants to be wherever you are.
But Rinny also loves being out-and-about in nature, so please feel free to take her outside for photo shoots and fresh air.
Just like all animals—including ourselves—each Rinny is different, unique, and special. And a portion of each Rinny stuffy and book purchased will be donated towards supporting our amazing natural world.
So go ahead and collect yourself a whole gang of Rinnies!
♥ all Rinny stuffies will have the same colours for the face [cream, brown and black]
♥ your Rinny will have natural, neutral coloured felt paws/claws [either light or dark brown, cream, or moss green]
♥ you can adopt a male or female Rinny
♥ each Rinny comes with a supply of green felt leaves to eat
♥ designed by Amber & Dayna and handmade by Amber in Vancouver, BC, Canada
How Rinny is Made:
♥ stuffy body is approx. 13” long and 6” wide
♥ no removable parts—safe for babies & everyone else
♥ stuffed with eco-friendly recycled polyester fiberfill [will not burn; washable; non-allergenic]
♥ polyester felt fabrics used for face and hands/feet are made from recycled post consumer plastic bottles
♥ soft and washable fleece fabric used for body and arms/legs
♥ washing instructions: hand wash in cold water and air dry
What Are People Saying About Rinny?
It's like, about a girl who is sending messages, and the universe, and stuff—it's really cool.
Rinny is so cute! She makes you smile!
I read your book in the bath a few nights ago, and JUST LOVED IT!! Thanks for sharing it and now I'll share it with others!
I got ‘Rinny the Rinpoche’ yesterday and I have been reading and re-reading about her and her friends. She is adorable and I love all her friends and the wise messages they give. I thought the ending with Owl, Raven, and Bald Eagle was amazing. I feel like they are friends of mine. The illustrations that your mother did are beautiful... it makes you feel that you are right in Stanley Park and at the beach.
I prefer to think of it as a habit of resting before I get tired—as opposed to being lazy.
I read Rinny.... I LOVED it and then read it again. I fell in love with her on the first page. It was so well written and each animal had such positive, special messages to share. I was not expecting for the story to bring up so much for me. I wanted to hop out of bed and go "get quiet" in the forest and listen. Brother Whaley was hilarious ;) — he had me giggling out loud. Thank you, Amber for sharing.
I read your beautiful book and loved everything about it! I loved the careful choice of words and the important lessons so simply put. I loved the gentle flow of the book and the illustrations are delightful!
I loved reading Rinny. I’ve read it twice—both times while visiting and enjoying our wonderful, beautiful Stanley Park. What a magical story.
The book really is amazing! I loved it! It is just beautiful and the illustrations are amazing as well. I am so proud and happy for you. Congratulations on a wonderful success!
Rinny sure does take her time to experience each moment, but that's exactly why she's quicker than most at learning life's important lessons. So despite Rinny's slow moving nature, she swiftly found a place in my heart.
I very much appreciated your new book. I enjoyed reading it, and enjoyed the messages. THEN, I went on a 5-day kayaking trip on the west coast of Vancouver Island—I saw eagles, terns, oyster-catchers, seagulls, dolphins, sea otters, whales, bears, (and heard) wolves... and your book resonated with me even more! I kept on remembering what all your animals had said in your book, and contemplated what all my animal encounters were telling me. It was a wonderful exercise in intuition and imagination. Thank you for your gift of inspiration.” Allison