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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Ever-Curious George

The first Curious George book, by Margret and H. A. Rey [JP REY], came out in 1941 and was followed by other adventures starring the little monkey. The plot structure was always the same. His friend, the Man with the yellow hat, leaves George alone. George lets his curiosity get the better of him and he ends up doing something he shouldn't have. He has a moment of fear about being caught. He is indeed caught, and chastised, but, his bit of naughtiness turns out to save the day! The clueless Man with the yellow hat comes along to collect George. All's well that ends well.

About thirty years ago, some of the books were filmed as short cartoons, like the one below. Curious George was made into a feature-length film in 2006 [J DVD CUR], with a delightful soundtrack Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George by Jack Johnson and Friends [J CD CUR]. Today, Curious George is computer-animated and is shown on PBS [J DVD CUR].

The original George books are still in print after more than 70 years! Curious George is one very old monkey!

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