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About the Author - Ginger Brooking

About the Author - Ginger Brooking

A fun and enjoyable children's book

I have always loved children’s books, particularly those in rhyme. I expressed my desire to write them for many years, until, one day, my friends reminded me that I was getting old, and I should either write the books or stop talking about them. I loved Dr. Seuss, and reading his works to my sons. I enjoy alliteration, and believe that children respond to that as well, encouraging them to say the words that roll off their tongues as they read the book. The first book I wrote and published, My Tutu is Too Too Big, has very little alliteration, but has an easy flowing rhyme. I was inspired by a photo of my lovely and tiny Granddaughter in a tutu that was obviously too big. The pride in her smile as she wore it for the first time showed she felt like a princess and was ready to dance! The words came rolling into my head so fast, I could hardly write them down! That has been followed by an interactive question and answer rhyming book with a great deal of playful alliteration, aimed at both boys and girls called, There’s An Alligator In My Refrigerator.

I am a native Virginian, and grew up in Northern Virginia. I met and married a young Agriculture student at Virginia Tech with a farming background. I think that the first time I saw a tractor up close, I was driving it. We have lived in the rural county of Hanover on our turf farm for more than forty years now, so the city girl is long gone. We raised two fine sons, and have been graced with beautiful grandchildren. No longer working in the farm office every day, I have time to work in my gardens, create Santas, write, paint, golf, enjoy playing with the grandchildren, and doing all the things that retired old ladies do. I can be completely happy just sitting on the back porch with my husband, in the company of our rescue dog, Sarge. Life is good.

About the Illustrator - Buttons Boggs

About the Illustrator - Buttons Boggs

Buttons Boggs lives in beautiful downtown Walkerton, Virginia, along with her husband, Terry, and an adopted 9 year old mini Schnauzer named "Gus", short for Gustov Klimpt. Buttons is an Illustrator, Portrait Painter, Muralist, Sculptor, Writer and Pickle Maker. Serving as Artist and Writer-in Residence for many schools throughout Virginia during her career, she has illustrated a number of books, including DO SPIDERS NEED LEGGINGS WHEN IT'S COLD OUTSIDE, written by Terry Sebastian and THE WOODS OF WICOMICO, written by Nuala C. Galbari.

About the Illustrator - Joan Critz Limbrick

About the Illustrator - Joan Critz Limbrick

Joan Critz Limbrick is a painter, potter, poet, writer, playwright, illustrator and storyteller. She loves using art to express her wonderful imagination and believes that every single day can be an adventure.

About the Santa Artist - Ginger Brooking

About the Santa Artist

I began collecting Santas as a child, possibly one of the few frivolous things I ever did during that time of my life. Like many, I grew up in a time of “chores first, everything else later”. My first Santa was a gift from the bank, and in fact, it was a bank. It was made in Japan, ceramic, with an Eastern appearance and a ‘rice like’ beard. I have it today, and consider it a treasure. As a young wife and mother, I received Santas as gifts from the children, some handmade, and my tiny collection expanded. Then one day, as an extravagant birthday gift (I have a late November birthday), my husband gave me my first expensive, handcrafted Santa. I was hooked! I began to look for fine quality, handmade Santas, usually focusing on the facial expression, or some outstanding feature. Not all were expensive, quite the contrary, some of my best are small craft show finds. Being a creative sort, I decided to start making some Santas as well. While my early Santas were treasures, they were very rough compared to the ones I do today. Now whenever I travel, shop, or go to shows, I am always on the hunt for accouterments for a Santa that may be created. They are works of art with individually sculpted hands and face, German blown glass eyes, all natural furs and bearding, custom made for the buyer. One Santa takes four to six weeks to create. Each figure takes on a personality of its own, and sometimes even I am amazed to watch them develop into the creation they become.

I take orders for the Santas, and work with the buyer to find out about hobbies, color preferences (your Santa should go with your decorating scheme), life experiences, passions, (perhaps a favorite sport or sports team), some people even have items of their own they want incorporated into the design. While some may think the making of Santas a limited field, I find that the thought of Santa evokes a very different picture in everyone’s mind, depending on life experiences, and the possibilities are vast!

Please take a moment to view the picture gallery of Santas. As you can see, no two are alike, they are all individual creations. The photos in the gallery are of Santas that I have made for customers and all have homes, thus none of these is for sale. They are examples of my work. If you would like to purchase a Santa, I will make one that is uniquely yours, and reflects your taste and personality. The price range for a Santa is $600.00 to $700.00, depending on the items that accompany him.