Dr. Jordan Janik Will Serve As Reader at Stories in the Forest on June 3

Dr. Jordan Janik Will Serve As Reader at Stories in the Forest on June 3

Dr. Jordan Janik, hospitalist at St. Bernards, will be the reader at the Stories in the Forest Program at the St. Bernards Fun Forest at The Mall at Turtle Creek Saturday afternoon, June 3.

Janik will read Busy Trucks on the Go by Eric Ode and You Are Special by Max Lucado.

Busy Trucks on the Go is a fun book written in rhyming couplets about all the kinds of trucks a boy and his dad see as they go about town – and how they work. Trucks include excavators, dump trucks, garbage trucks, street sweepers, fire trucks, mail trucks, tow trucks and more. Who wouldn’t think there’s fun in:

     “Concrete mixer roars and rumbles.

     See his drum? It turns and tumbles.

     Soon he opens up his spout.

     All the concrete rushes out.”

Ode is an award-winning author, poet and songwriter.

You Are Special is a book written by Texas minister Max Lucado who tells a story to help children understand their value in just being who they are. In the story, Wemmicksville is a village created by a god figure known as Eli. He has made all the inhabitants different. Each small wooden figure has a different look and personality. They spend their days giving each other stickers and tend to give the best looking Wemmicks gold stars, while the Wemmicks who are not as attractive or as talented get gray dots.

The central figure, Punchinello, discovers through the story that it really doesn’t make any difference what kind of sticker he gets … because Eli loves him and every Wemmick equally just as they are. It’s a simple book with some simple lessons that apply to both children and adults:

  • Don’t let what others think about you influence the way you approach life. You are special.
  •  Don’t judge others. Each person is special.
  • Value yourself just for what you are and others for what they are.

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.

Stories in the Forest is scheduled for 3 p.m. at St. Bernards Fun Forest at The Mall at Turtle Creek on Saturday, June 3, and is open to the public at no charge.