Dr. Brian Bailey, cardiologist with St. Bernards Heart & Vascular, will serve as reader for the Feb. 4 Stories in the Forest at the St. Bernards Fun Forest at The Mall at Turtle Creek.
He will read Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss.
The Seuss story is a fun read – but it carries an important life lesson. Yertle is the king of the pond, but he finds himself dissatisfied with the stone that is his “throne.” He wants to be the king of all he can see. And he can’t see much from atop the stone.
So he orders the other turtles at the pond to stack up underneath him. The higher he can go, the more he can see, and the larger his kingdom. Eventually, however, a turtle on the bottom declares that Yertle may be able to see great sights from his perch atop all the other turtles, but those on the bottom also ought to have rights.
Ah … a great life lesson – even for a for a 4- or 5-year-old.
Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss and is one of the most beloved writers of children’s literature. His books 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, Caldecott Honors,
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, Feb. 4, and is open to the interested public at no charge.