The Rev. John Miles, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, will serve as reader at the March Stories in the Forest on Saturday, March 5, at the St. Bernards Fun Forest at The Mall at Turtle Creek.
One of the books he will read is the longtime favorite The Cat in the Hat. The book, first published in 1957, is about a cat that wears a distinctive red and white striped hat and a red bow tie. He shows up at Sally’s house one rainy day while her mother was not at home and “entertains” Sally and her brother. As just about every child knows, the cat and his cohorts – Thing 1 and Thing 2 – wreak havoc in the house as they show the kids their “tricks.” Then, just before mother comes home, the cat produces a machine that he uses to clean up the mess, says his goodbyes and disappears.
The Cat in the Hat was – and still is – wildly popular. In addition, it was financially successful, having sold more than a million copies in its first three years on the market. And it is considered the book that made Theodor Geisel’s pen name, Dr. Seuss, a household word.
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, March 5, and is open to the interested public at no charge.