What is the Story Stroll?

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The Story Stroll is a series of 10 storyboards on wooden posts along the sidewalk at Burr Ridge Village Center that readers of all ages can follow to finish the story. The Story Stroll encourages families to interact with each other and the world around them by reading and walking together. We believe that reading and walking both have numerous benefits and increase physical, mental, and intellectual health.

The Story Stroll was built by Andrew Cole as an Eagle Scout Project and installed in October 2016. Thank you to Eagle Scout Troop 101, The Darien Lions Club, and Burr Ridge Village Center for making this project possible. 

Where does the Story Stroll start?

You can visit the Story Stroll at Burr Ridge Village Center, 701 Village Center Drive in Burr Ridge. The first post is located just outside of Starbucks. Follow the story in a loop, down to Kohler, across to Topaz Café, and back towards Cooper’s Hawk.

What is the current story?

Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer, October/ November 2018

“Graced with abundant water and sunlight, "seed" becomes "sprout," then "shoot," then "stalk." When harvest time comes around, the bounty is "snipped" and is bound for the farmers market. At the market, farmers "sell," and shoppers "sample" before choosing what to buy. At home in the kitchen, vegetables are prepped, cooked, and seasoned. Soon, everyone sits down to a lovely picnic dinner of corn, succotash, salad, and more!”

summer supper

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, September 2018

“If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he'll ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim....”

if you give a mouse a cookie

In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, Spring 2018

“Alice is wide, wide awake. Mama brings flowers, tea, a quilt, even lullaby bells to help her sleep. But none of these things are blue, and Alice can sleep only in a blue room. Yet when the light goes out, a bit of magic is stirred up. Pale blue moonlight swirls into her bedroom window. Then the night swirls out, around the moon and into the universe, leaving Alice fast alseep in a most celestial blue room.”

In a Blue Room

What were the past stories?

 Small Walt by Elizabeth Verdick, Winter 2018

small walt


 Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato, Fall 2017

Little Elliot Fall Friends


 Blue Sky, White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, Summer 2017

blue sky white stars


 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Winter 2017

The Snowy Day, Book Cover


One Family by George Shannon, Fall 2016

 One Family, Book Cover


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