We can go as far back as September 16, 1898 one hundred fourteen years ago when some people realized that parents needed help. It was the birthday in Hamburg ,Germany of H.A. Rey who is the artist that created the monkey known as Curious George and his friend the man who wore the big yellow hat. It is an odd combination of friends but it simply worked for generations of parents and children to see how to deal with mischievous situations.
You can read aloud, “This is George. He was a good little monkey but he was always curious.” as you make your little one say curious with you as you look at the illustration of the monkey standing on a chair to get into the pasta pot on the stove with your child. Not a very safe thing to do. So, through reading this book together your little one’s mind will learn that it is not safe to stand on chairs. Thus, saving you the time and wrong thing of yelling at your child to get off that chair.
I find it interesting that Rey chose subjects for the monkey to get involved in that are all subjects that should be part of every child’s life. So, your child immediately finds a kind of kinship with the monkey. Then I am off the hook and your child can immediately see a friend, George, that kind of goes through all the mischievous things your child is thinking of doing but instead George does it and you can see the outcome of George’s actions. They just don’t write books like these anymore. Books that are fun, with a purpose and a clear message.
They also took the time to please kids by visiting Boston’s Children’s Hospital in 1966 and drawing illustrations for the children in the hospital in which the experience was the inspiration for the seventh and final book of the series; Curious George Goes To The Hospital. There was also a Curious George TV series and in 2006 an animated movie with Will Farrell as the voice of the Man With The Big Yellow Hat. Curious George even made a cameo appearance in the 1994 film Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks where the main character says that it is his favorite book.