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Zilly: A Modern-Day Fable

I like being me, and I am exactly the way I am supposed to be! - Zilly

Zilly: A Modern-Day Fable is the story of a wonderfully, out-of-the-ordinary flyer who loves being quirky, spontaneous, and free. Her best friend is a goat named Mingle who loves Zilly just the way she is. But the other flyers tease Zilly for being different, and her uniqueness and friendship are tested when she decides to take flying lessons for flyers who want to fit in ( No goats allowed! ).

Author and illustrator Kelly Parks Snider weaves together eclectic artwork and playfully poetic words to create this fanciful tale. Readers will see themselves in this modern-day fable that celebrates the power of friendship and being true to one s self.

The book includes discussion questions for children and caring adults providing a springboard to introduce thoughtful dialogue about peer pressure, bullying, and the role of media in our life.


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Advertisers spend billions each year in an effort to influence what our children look like, how they act, the values they adopt and what they care about. They target the youngest children in the most unconscionable ways--connecting brand labels with happiness, narrow gender stereotypes with popularity, and parental purchase power with love. Zilly: A Modern-Day Fable, is a cautionary tale about loyalty and friendship in a world where conformity is king. With whimsy, courage, and a healthy dose of good sense, Zilly flips and flaps her way through the commercial land fray, peeks behind the glitsy falsehoods, and reminds us all what really matters in life. Kelly Parks Snider's brilliantly crafted story and website offers parents the most effective weapon in the battle against consumer culture's impact on our children: the sheer joy of being an original. -- Lyn Mikel Brown, the author of Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters From Marketers Schemes and co-creator, Hardy Girls Healthy Women,is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women.

About the Author

Kelly Parks Snider is an activist, artist, author and the founder of GoatHouse Press, an independent publishing house dedicated to creating children s books with original insights and imagination. Kelly's first book, Zilly: A Modern-Day Fable , her protest book. While Zilly s world is fanciful, fun and celebrates friendship, it also speaks to our unbalanced and cluttered media culture, which tells children time and again to follow a path that leads to conformity, competition and awards rather than following their passions.

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Kelly Parks Snider
Illustrator Kelly Parks Snider
ISBN 0984044302
Publication Date Jan 15, 2012
Publisher GoatHouse Press