Dr. Nick Guinn, a family practice physician with St. Bernards First Care, will be the reader for the Stories in the Forest program at The Mall at Turtle Creek Saturday, April 1.
He will read There’s a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss and A Coconut Named Bob by Austin Weaver.
The Seuss book is an all-time children’s favorite. Its main character is a little boy who talks about “imaginary creatures” in his house. You probably remember “zlocks behind the clocks,” the “Jertain behind the curtain,” geelings on the ceilings and, of course, the wocket in his pocket.
The traditional Seuss rhyming patterns and the catchy phrases combine with bright and funny illustrations to make a read that never gets old for youngsters.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, who wrote under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, is both the author and the illustrator of the “Wocket” book. One of the most beloved writers of children’s literature, Geisel wrote books that have been translated into 30 languages, and hundreds of millions of copies of Dr. Seuss books have found their way into homes across the globe. His works also have received numerous literary recognitions..
A Coconut Named Bob is a story about a little boy who was great friends with a coconut named Bob. He took Bob everywhere he went. Then one day when the boy and his father took Bob sailing with them, Bob was washed overboard during a storm. The story line from that point is told from the point of view of Bob who eventually landed on the shores of a remote island, where he made a new home.
One of the most interesting things about the author is that he was only 13 when he wrote the book. He was born and raised in Colorado Springs, where he lives with his family. The book was published by Heritage Publishing and illustrated by Don Robinson.
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 an annual St. Bernards Women’s Council children’s program known as Kids on the Mile.
The Women’s 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.
Stories in the Forest is scheduled for 3 p.m. at St. Bernards Fun Forest at The Mall at Turtle Creek on Saturday, April 1, and is open to the public at no charge.