Mr. Zip and the Capital Z
After a terrifically hard and terribly disappointing day before the Fourth of July, Peanut Johnson, wandering aimlessly down Main Street, stumbles upon The Capital Z, a This and That Shop—a shop that holds not only, trinkets, model cars, and miniature wagon trains from days gone by, but historical artifacts and other memorabilia, affectionately referred to by Mr. Aloysious Zip, the somewhat eccentric shopkeeper, as “reminders.” These “reminders” are exact replicas of artifacts of history used to point to significant historical times.
Discovering everything, as Mr. Zip says, from A to Z inside The Capital Z, Peanut finds history unfold before his very eyes. He actually sees his great-great-great-great uncle Milkweed Johnson, who fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812, shoot the Kentucky rifle that Peanut had just found hanging on the shop’s wall. The replica, or “reminder” of George Washington’s sword brings Peanut into the middle of a battlefield, watching George Washington dodge bullet after bullet, escaping without one wound. Even while looking at a beautiful stained-glass window of the Tower of Babel, Peanut becomes an eyewitness to the events that take place during that time period.
But Peanut’s journey inside The Capital Z is more than one of history. Peanut sees, as he walks with his ancestor Milkweed Johnson, then General Andrew Jackson, and finally George Washington, not only how these men lived out their successes…but also their failures. He witnesses how the “stick-to-itiveness” of his uncle actually ended up changing his uncle’s life; how the loyalty of Andrew Jackson won him the respect and love of the men who served under him; and what George Washington did after he made a decision that almost cost him and his men their lives. In the end, Peanut finds courage and hope to face his own mistakes and disappointments, taking his first steps from boyhood to those of a young man.
About the Author
Kimberly Bryant-Palmer is a native of Panama City, Florida, but has lived in many parts of the United States. With a double major in Music and Biology from Mary Washington College, she has worked in research labs doing cancer research and now enjoys a whole new world—writing books that her husband Jerry, illustrates.
About the Illustrator
Jerry Palmer, of Choctaw descent, graduated from Harding University in Searcy Arkansas, in 1978. He has worked as a scenic artist in film and television, and as Art Director for the Nashville Network in Nashville, Tennessee.
Author: Kimberly Bryant-Palmer
Illustrator: Jerry Palmer
Publisher: Capital Z Books LLC
ISBN Print: 978-0-9962546-0-1
ISBN eBook: 978-0-9962546-1-8
ISBN ePDF: 978-0-9962546-2-5
Format: Softback, 136 Pages
Size: 6 X 9
Release Date: July 10, 2015
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