“He no longer stuck out, his height no longer laughable. But with his head hanging low, he felt most ungiraffeable.”
Gerome does not like the attention he draws due to his height. He finds a way to keep a low profile but knows he isn’t being genuine. He is finally able to fully embrace his height, and its advantages, when his concern for another becomes greater than his concern for himself.
Through storytelling, Baxter’s Corner® pursues its mission to inspire young children to develop positive social skills that affect behavior choices. Each book features fun filled pages that Go Beyond the reading with a series of questions and learning activities that focus on an important point for your young listener or reader, including:
- “What do you think” questions
- Fun facts about the featured animals
- Social skill activities
- “Stop and think” situations that show the effects of choices we make
“Gerome Sticks His Neck Out is definitely character building reading for young readers, teaching respect for others and a positive awareness of community. “
James A. Cox, Editor, Midwest Book Review
Children’s Bookwatch, The Social Issues Shelf
“Gerome Sticks His Neck Out is an engaging and stimulating book for young children. Lessons about friendship and standing up for what’s right are the dominant themes in this sweet story.”
Kristina Davis Christensen, M.Ed. Head of School
Friends School, Louisville, KY
“Gerome Sticks His Neck Out is fun and short and also deals with a serious topic that many children might face. ... I find that this short story fits well into every kids book collection and it’s a great way to talk to your children about friendship, bullying, self-esteem and so on.”
Erika Winterlia, Winterlia Reviews
Follinge Jamtland, Sweden
"This is one of the best company to buy books from. The kids enjoyed the story and the theme is character development"
Amazon January 2018
About the Author
With 30 years as a marketing communications professional, Linda Villwock Baker has used her public relations, media and strategic planning skills to advance an array of civic, corporate and nonprofit projects.
Most recently, Ms. Baker co-founded Baxter's Corner, a producer and publisher of children's entertainment and educational materials designed to develop social and interpersonal skills in young children and to inspire positive behavior choices. The company's long term goals include creating a sustainable foundation and legacy that change the world for the better, one story at a time. Ms. Baker is "Chief Pencil" or author of all of the Baxter's Corner stories to date.
Mary Ellen Brown Stottmann, 2017
Born in New Mexico, raised in New Jersey & Louisville Kentucky Mary Ellen Stottmann's art education began earlier than most. By the age of ten she was oil painting with a style that is still apparent today. After studying art in Paris, France she lived in New York City majoring in graphic design and graduated from the internationally recognized Parson School of Design, currently The New School. Her professional career began in 1966 working for an advertising studio. 1968 was a co-founder of a "Printing While You Wait" company which eventually led to her owning a digital offset printing company to retirement in 2005. Her career in printing allowed her to continue designing material for her clients; some are still being used today.
One of the many opportunities offset print gave her was an amazing understanding of color and how it reacts by overlapping intensity. At retirement Mary Ellen began oil painting again taking a very graphic approach. Building the objects (and people) she usually paints over an intense color background allowing this color to form highlights or lines depending on the complexity of her pieces.