Jane McDaniel, longtime advocate of breast cancer awareness, will be the reader for the Stories in the Forest program at The Mall at Turtle Creek Saturday, Oct. 7.
She will read the Walt Disney book 101 Dalmatians: A Counting Book by Fran Manushkin and Dodie Smith and Penguin’s Big Adventure by award-winning writer Salina Yoon.
101 Dalmatians is a fun story featuring the characters from the Walt Disney hit film. It centers around what should have been an ordinary outing, but it turns chaotic when a fire engine with sirens blaring comes down the street. That sent 99 puppies running in every direction.
As parent dalmatians Pongo and Perdita look for their pups, the reader gets a lesson in counting.
In Penguin’s Big Adventure, Penguin sets out to explore the North Pole – a place no penguin had been before. Packing what he thinks he will need for the adventure, Penguin leaves friends he sees all the time. But he is able to visit “old friends” along the way – friends he met during earlier “adventures.”
It is when he arrives at his destination that Penguin discovers he is all alone – and a little bit afraid. But when he encounters Polar Bear, a North Pole native, he has a new friend with whom to share new adventures before heading home.
The book is the fifth in Yoon’s Penguin series, and readers familiar with Penguin’s adventures will recognize characters from the four.
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 sponsored by the St. Bernards Women’s Council, 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, Oct. 7, and is open to the public at no charge.