Joanne Woodward, registered nurse who serves as director of the St. Bernards Total Joint Advantage program, will serve as reader for the February Stories in the Forest program at 3 on Saturday, Feb. 4, at The Mall at Turtle Creek. A member of the St. Bernards Women’s Advisory Council, she will read books with a heart theme since February is American Heart Month.
The books are “Thump-Thump: Learning About Your Heart by Pamela Hill Nettleton and My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall.
Thump-Thump: Learning About Your Heart is a part of Nettleton’s “Amazing Body” series. Published by Picture Window Books, the book is described by reviewers as a great way to give kids an overview of how the heart works. It tells youngsters what the heart does for the body, how it works with the lungs to bring oxygen to the body parts and how to keep it healthy.
The book is illustrated by Becky Shipe.
Nettleton’s Amazing Body Series includes Gurgles and Growls: Learning About Your Stomach, Breathe In, Breath Out: Learning About Your Lungs; Bend and Stretch: Learning About Your Bones and Muscles; and Look, Listen, Taste, Touch and Smell: Learning About Your Five Senses. She has authored dozens of books for children, including books about famous people in history such as Shakespeare, Pocahontas, Martin Luther King, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Sally Ride and more.
My Heart Is Like a Zoo, published by Greenwillow Books, talks about 20 animals – all illustrated in heart shapes – and helps youngsters understand and express feelings, emotions and attitudes. Written in rhyme, it links the brief descriptions of animals to primary emotions and is both a colorful children’s picture book and a sweet bedtime tale. Children are exposed to such concepts as “eager as a beaver,” “brave as a lion,” “hungry as a bear,” “thoughtful as an owl” and more.
Other books written by Hall include Perfect Square; Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies, Oh My!; Lonely Planet Egypt; Winning the Inner Game: Mastering the Inner Game for Peak Performance; Communication Magic; and more.
The Stories in the Forest program gives parents some quality time with their children and exposes children to some favorite books of local residents. It is an outgrowth of the St. Bernards Women’s Advisory Council’s tremendously successful Kidz Fun Fair.
The Women’s Advisory Council is a group of about 120 area women who have joined together in an advisory role to give input on important healthcare issues impacting women and children. They encourage educational as well as service outreach efforts designed to make Jonesboro a better place to live, work and raise families.