Dr. John Campbell, neurosurgeon at St. Bernards Neurosurgery, will serve as reader for the Stories in the Forest program at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at The Mall at Turtle Creek. He will read Bark, George by Jules Feiffer.
The entertaining book is about a mother dog who tries to coax her puppy George into barking. “Bark, George,” she tells him. But the sounds coming out when he opens his mouth are anything but the “arf” she expected.
When first she directed him to bark, she got a “meow.” No, George, she explained, cats say meow … not bark. After she got a “quack quack,” an ‘oink” and a “moo,” she decided to look for help, so she took George to a veterinarian.
He knew just the trick to get to the bottom of the missing barking sounds. First he asked George to bark – and, just as you suspected, he got a “meow.” So he put on a latex glove and reached inside George’s mouth and pulled out a cat.
You can imagine at least part of what happens after that.
The book is part of the Michael di Capra Books series and was published by HarperCollins Publishers in 1999.
The author is an award-winning cartoonist who also has written numerous novels, screen plays and children’s books.
Stories in the Forest is a free program that gives parents some quality time with their children and exposes children to 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.