“Reading is the foundation of all other education,” Baker, 99, told American news channel Fox News.
Baker, a grandfather from Scottsdale, Arizona, served in the Marine Corps for about five years, enlisting at the age of 19 in 1942, four months after the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor. In 1947, he began work on the US Coast and Geodetic Survey, now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Baker retired after 30 years – four decades before starting his second career as a writer at the age of 95.
“When I bought my first computer, my son called and said, ‘Dad, you have a computer now, why don’t you write the stories you told us when you were little for your granddaughter?'” Baker told the military. Family Magazine, which tells the story of today’s active-duty service members and their families.
As a result, Baker wrote his first children’s book, The Silly Adventures of Petunia and Herman the Worm, which was published in 2018. The book is based on the story of a worm named Herman when his children grew up. . In 2020, Baker published his second book, Oscar the Mouse, based on his own childhood. After he wrote his first book, Baker reminded him of his favorite pet rat and decided to write a book about him as well. The author decided to make him a rat in the story because “people take rats on rats”. Baker’s childhood pet is also the subject of his third book, to be published in early 2022.
“If I could just teach a child to read, it would be worth all the trouble and expense,” Baker added. “I’m not making any money. I don’t want to make money. I want kids to learn to read.”