Dr. Jaime Chavez, cardiologist at St. Bernards Heart & Vascular, will serve as reader at the February Stories in the Forest on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the St. Bernards Fun Forest at The Mall at Turtle Creek.
He will read several children’s favorites, including Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George by H.A. Rey and Be My Valentine Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz.
Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George was published five years ago by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The book tells about George and his friends celebrating Valentine’s Day with decorating, baking and card making. You just can’t miss having fun if a curious little monkey and his friends have access to balloons, frosting and glitter!
Rey was born in Germany and spent a great deal of time as a child at the Hamburg Zoo drawing animals. He and his wife were able to escape from Paris at the beginning of World War II, traveling across the border by bicycle. The manuscript for the first Curious George book was one of the few items they took with them. Eventually they came to the United States, and it was in 1941 when Curious George was published here.
In Be My Valentine Charlie Brown, the well loved Charlie Brown characters anticipate Valentine’s Day. Charlie hopes he will get some sort of a love note from “the Little Red Haired Girl.” Linus wants to get his teacher just the right valentine’s gift. And Sally is a bit miffed with what she considers a disappointing present from her beau.
The book is based on a video by the same name and is brought to life by the famous Charles Schulz characters. Schulz was the creator and cartoonist behind the comic strip Peanuts that featured hero Charlie Brown. Peanuts expanded into television specials as well as books before Schulz died in February of 2000.
The characters of both books have an immense appeal to children.
Chavez is a high-energy reader who enjoys interacting with youngsters. His appearance will be a fun time for youngsters and their parents alike.
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 which began as Kidz Fun Fair and now is 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. 6, and is open to the interested public at no charge.