Author Tells Children That People in Nursing Homes Are Not Scary

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New book is an official entry at one of the country’s most prestigious book exhibits

it just seems natural to me to be there.

In her new children’s book made available through Xlibris, author Gail Baker makes Nursing Home visits an exciting experience for children as she breaks the notion that People in Nursing Homes are Scary!.

Usually, children are afraid to visit people in nursing homes because of how they look. In this picture book, readers are introduced to Evelyn, a six-year-old child who accompanies her mother to the Nursing Home and sees an old lady in a wheelchair who looks mad. Evelyn becomes terrified. However, after a few visits, Evelyn realizes that the old lady isn’t mad after all; in fact, she is very friendly. She just looks mad when she doesn’t put her glasses, her false teeth, and her hearing aid on.

Splashed with vibrant illustrations, People in Nursing Homes are Scary! was created in the hope that all children will have the joy of getting to know people who are much older than themselves and not be frightened anymore. “People in nursing homes love and miss seeing little children very much!” the author adds.

People in Nursing Homes are Scary! will be featured at this year’s California Library Association Book Exhibit in Sacramento, CA on November 12-15, 2010. For more information, log on to

About the Author
Gail Sommers Baker grew up in a loving Christian home with two sisters and a brother, as well as lots of family near. She had an aunt who lived in a nursing home, and at a young age, often went with her grandmother to visit. Her parents were both creative people and from them, she developed her enjoyment: arts, crafts, and music. The author’s parents ran an antique shop, and by helping them, she gained an interest and respect for things from the past. She taught herself to play on an antique pump organ, sitting for hours picking out tunes from the hymnal. She studied fine and commercial art at Lamar University in Beaumont. Working as fashion illustrator and advertising director, she gained experience in promoting ideas and motivating people. Later, she designed and created many of the things in her own antique and gift shop. Through her interaction with people she met in her store, she learned more about life in the “good old days.” Her attention turned to “antique people.” The author took a position as an Activity Director for a local nursing home and soon realized that all her life experiences had come to serve as a training course for that vocation. She says, “it just seems natural to me to be there.” Experiences in art, music, faith, and history all came together to enable her to better serve the residents there. Her passion is to bring joy, dignity, purpose, and validation to those priceless antiques with whom she works now. That is also the purpose of this book.

People in Nursing Homes are Scary! * by Gail Baker
A Real Story That Could Happen!
Publication Date: April 29, 2010
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4500-0919-5

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