Better Than Toys

Carl and His Friends

by Mary E. Baker & Illustrated by Alfonso Mason



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/1/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 32
ISBN : 9781434307705

About the Book

            Better than Toys was conceived by observing my son Carl playing one day with his favorite toys and I noticed that he was not getting the most out of this activity.  However when another child or two was added to the mix, then that favorite toy doubled or tippled in fun.  Better than Toys is a beautifully illustrated book depicting actual portraits of some adorable children in our neighborhood whom Carl played with.  This book will ask a question of the young reader in the beginning and will give the answer at the end.  Then another question is posed for the young reader to ponder.  I believe the most critical educational task, is that children learn to read.  This book is created with this view in mind.

About the Author

Mary E. Baker grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and studied Elementary Education and Child Psychology at the Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University.  Mary Baker now resides in West Norriton, PA.  She and her husband raised four exceptional children, Meko, Miling, Marshall II and Carl Alexander, who are successful adults today.  Mary Baker enjoys reading especially to her 3 young grand-children.  She creates fun educational books for young readers and listens to music that relaxes, inspires and motivates her.  For example, classical music by composers like Mozart and Beethoven or gospel music by composers and singers like Richard Smallwood, Carlton Pearson at Azuza and Fred Hammond.


            Mary Baker is actively involved in meeting special needs in her community when called upon.  She also has a playful, loving and energetic Pekinese dog named chi-chi who keeps her pretty active.  Presently she is a Cyber-Home schooling her talented 11 year old grand-daughter, Malaysia, and she says “It is so rewarding to watch her mature and blossom into a beautiful young lady.”  Mary Baker is a truly blessed woman.