(WHAS11) -- Meet the creations of Mary Ellen Stottman, the artist behind the popular books. Say hello to characters like Gerome the Giraffe, Ellema the elephant, Tajo the tarantula and Ally the alligator.
The characters have special stories that many children can relate to. Take Ally for example, her father is incarcerated. Ally learns there are other special relatives who can join her at functions.
Mary Ellen Stottman, the brainchild of the puppets and books, calls herself "chief crayon" or illustrator. She calls her friend Linda Baker "chief pencil" or writer.
Each book comes complete with learning materials and handouts. The idea was after Stottman's first grandchild named Baxter arrived. That is where the name Baxter's Corner came from.
Their mission is simple, to leave this world with education.
These lovable characters that mirror us all are now making their way into schools, homes, hospitals and non-profits that service children.
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