Laura Hodges, licensed professional counselor, will serve as reader at the October Stories in the Forest program on Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Bernards Fun Forest at The Mall at Turtle Creek.
She will read More Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. Well, the book actually was created posthumously by a friend and business associate – Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer – though Slobodkina is credited as being the author.
Slobodkina was a Russian born immigrant who was became a well known abstract artist after moving to the United States in 1928. Ten years after that, she met and later illustrated a number of children’s books for author Margaret Wise Brown.
Along the way, she wrote some children’s books herself – 24 of which were published. Among them was the book Caps for Sale, the story of a cap salesman who wears all the caps he is trying to sell and some monkeys who follow him. The fun comes when the peddler takes a nap and the monkeys, steal his caps. Eventually he gets them back … but he goes on his way without selling any.
In More Caps for Sale, thanks to more monkey business, the peddler is able to sell his caps. The book was created based on concepts in Caps for Sale – and the illustrations for More Caps for Sale were painstaking assembled using reproductions of parts of art work Slobodkina created over her lifetime.
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, Oct. 1, and is open to the interested public at no charge.