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About Hairy's Heart

“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,” hosted many book signings and travels to school all over the United States speaking to children about kindness and inclusion. She 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.

About Stacie Carroll


Stacie Carroll is an avid activist for children, penning her debut storybook, 'When Hairy Met Talie' to instill fairness, kindness and equality in the hearts of others 'because we're all the same on the inside.' This former career woman learned quickly the prejudice that befalls people who look, act or sound 'different' when her daughter, Tallie, was born in 2007 with...

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