Baxter’s Corner Book Division
"Ally Alone" - Story About Resilience
by L.S.V. Baker
"No Dad to coach soccer, to play games or read books. No Dad to ride bikes or take fish off of hooks."
Alley Alone is an inspiring, rhyming story about building resilience by focusing on the things we have rather than the things we do not have. Baxter’s Corner character Ally the alligator is not looking forward to a special event because she does not have a dad to invite. What will she tell everyone when she shows up alone? Everything turns around when Ally chooses to focus on someone else in her life, instead of who she is missing.
At the end of the story, we give you the opportunity to discuss the value of resilience and what you think is important for your child in their early learning years. Simply ask the questions and complete the activities using the back of the book, and you will be surprised where the conversations lead you.
Building Character is Child’s Play®
Our books are designed to enhance speaking and listening skills though activities and conversations centered on values. Each Baxter’s Corner story contains a magical message for a child to learn. They are referenced in the back pages of each book; we call this our GoBeyond section. Children are motivated to make positive behavior choices as they begin to understand how their actions affect themselves and others. This begins to build responsibility and accountability.
Children’s Books – 3 months - 8 Years
“They write and illustrate the most wonderful children’s books designed to help both caregivers and children navigate life’s struggles in a healthy way. The books also include supplemental activities to help caregivers engage children in conversations about what they’ve learned and how they can apply the main message/theme to their lives.”Benjamin Gies,
Policy and Advocacy Director, Kentucky Youth Advocates
"As an educator for 40 years, I appreciate the Go Beyond feature at the end of each story. With the activities in this section, parents, grandparents and educators can turn story time into opportunities for lessons about the impact of the choices we make.”
Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
Independent School Administrator Miami, Florida
“I really like the time-out concept in Ally Alone. It is conveyed on a level children will be able to think through, relate to and ask questions about. Ally goes through a whole emotional processing of the situation in the story. Her body has a response to the stress, she must decide to lie or face her situation, and there is a struggle we experience through her.”
Misty Hodge, Louisville, Kentucky