Throughout the book, I found it very difficult to pinpoint specific symbolic meaning. Maybe it was because there were none, after all the book was meant to be a simple depiction of a simple life. Or maybe it was because I was not looking hard enough. One segment that really caught my eye was a chapter called "Chance." In this chapter, Zippy and her father are playing cards. Neither of them should actually be home considering that they have work to do and school to attend. But aside from that, Zippy decides that she does not want any of the "boy" cards, but instead wants her hand to be full of nice "girl" cards. As her father dealt her a six of clubs,Zippy asked for another card. Again Zippy was given a "boy" card and decided that she did not want it. By the time all of the cards were passed out, Zippy's father had told her that the point of the game was to win by putting all of the three matching cards on the floor. Zippy, not having any matching, lost while her father put down his cards in the first go. To me, this felt like a lesson Zippy's father tried to teach her. You do not get to choose the hand you are dealt with, but instead play the game with what you already have. Zippy's father was lucky and happened to get the right cards by chance, but if Zippy had just taken what she had, she would have had just as much of a chance of winning as her father did. This was also Haven Kimmel's way of showing that her dad was happy with what he was given and never tried to trade it in for something else. Throughout the book, Zippy's father showed his pride in his family.
Imagery and Symbolism