- 11July 2015
Unlikely Hero Teaches Children Compassion and Acceptance in Stacie Carroll’s New Storybook, “When Hairy Met Tallie”
First time author helps children learn how to accept themselves and others just the way they are in this delightful children’s storybook.
Stacie Carroll brings her true story to life in her entertaining and educational book about the introduction of “Hairy,” a life-size skeleton to her 8-year old daughter, Tallie.
Because Tallie looks different than her family and she doesn’t learn like other children, she has been teased and taunted throughout her life, often leaving her feeling alone and misunderstood. The author, Tallie’s mother Stacie Carroll, had tried everything to boost her daughter’s self-esteem and help her understand that she is perfect just the way she is. In an uncanny chain of events, Stacie was able to do this through the most unlikely source – a life-size skeleton she strapped into her front seat last Halloween when she picked up Tallie from school.
Tallie was delighted with the surprise and christened the skeleton “Hairy” because she said, “He doesn’t have any hair!” This boney figure quickly steals the heart of the whole family. Her mother soon recognizes that Hairy may hold the key to helping Tallie feel better about herself – Hairy represents what we all look like on the inside. Hairy’s presence reassures Tallie that she’s like everyone else, and they are like her, “because we’re all the same on the inside.”
“Hairy’s lessons have literally transformed Tallie,” said Stacie. “In just a few weeks, Tallie’s attitude completely changed. She became happy-go-lucky, even gaining the confidence to participate in her school’s talent show and the Special Olympics this year.”
She was so moved by the experience, Stacie felt compelled to find a way to share Hairy’s message with others. The family started taking Hairy with them everywhere – bowling, on a cruise, to the grocery store, out to dinner. “Most people can’t help but stop and ask us why we have a skeleton with us,” Stacie explains. “It gives us the opportunity to share Hairy’s message. People really get it.”
Tallie’s transformation led her mother to capture the story and write her first book, “When Hairy Met Tallie.” Although she’s never considered herself a writer, she says the ideas, pictures and words just flowed out of her and onto the page and it was as much a surprise to her as it was to her family and friends.
In the book, the author takes us on a fictional walk through their meeting and the bond that develops between her daughter and this skeleton. Communicated through delightful, contemporary illustrations and conversation, this book illustrates the language of kindness, compassion and acceptance, in a way both children and adults easily understand and remember.
“Hairy becomes somewhat a magical, heroic character in the book – a visual trigger to remind us that we’re not so different after all,” Stacie explains. And it appears there will be more lessons from Hairy to come. She is nearing completion of her second story featuring Hairy. “I suppose you could say this book is the first in a series,” she laughs.
The mother of three has completed the storybook, self-published “When Hairy Met Tallie,” built a website at HairysHeart.com, hosted her first book signing at her elementary school in Virginia, and is on a mission to get in front of as many people as possible to spread Hairy’s message of love, acceptance and equality through interviews, media appearances and speaking engagements at schools and libraries.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and support in helping share Hairy’s message to your family, friends, and your audience.
Feel free to get in touch with Stacie by phone, 919.232.1971 or email,Stacie@HairysHeart.com.