Before being introduced to Curious George books, I had a stuffed animal monkey, with some kind of polyester fur that would fall off in chunks. I must have been three-years-old because we still lived in Maine. (We moved by the time I was four.) Anyway, this stuffed monkey with no name inspired me to ask for a real pet monkey. I was told “No”, of course, in no uncertain way, with the explanation that a pet monkey makes too much of a mess and would probably bite me and everyone else.
Soooo, you can imagine that when I was later introduced to Curious George books, I was quite CURIOUS about these books about a grown man allowed to have a pet monkey and name him George. WITH NO BITE MARKS IN SIGHT! (Heehee.)
As I reflect on these wonderfully illustrated and written books of George’s antics, I remembered something. It was not just that this Man with the Yellow Hat (which the PBS subtitles appear to have nicknamed TED…) kept George as his own, but that George, who appeared to be a kid to me then and now, was allowed a lot more independence than I was in my younger years. That’s the heart of it for me, a grown man with a pet monkey and a little monkey allowed to do what every kids dreams of doing—making messes and roaming freely with ne’er a “No” or a “Come Back Right Now, I Mean It”. Or a bite mark, I might add.
This blog is dedicated to the curious, biteless monkey George and his creators Margret Rey and H. A. Rey. These links are some of my favorite Curious George-inspired activities and Curious George-inspired links:
Here’s a great link on lesson plan ideas using Curious George books. Great questions, vocabulary highlights and more. Thank you Picture Book Teacher’s Edition for your resourceful blog!
I just thought this was great, Curious George in another language! I’m sure there are other languages out there, too, but this one is in YIDDISH! Oi vey, love it!
Finally, perhaps I have saved the best link as my last one for this post. I have thrilled at blogging and virtually meeting other bloggers. One of the fun and surprising dynamics is to come across something I have thought of posting, or have written in rough draft form, and find it already on someone else’s blog before I get a chance to publish it as my own! Thus is the case with ABC books and Curious George, but I love what the blog’s illustrious author MM has done with it, more than I would-of, could-of, should-of!
Let me know if you have any other Curious George resources. Also, did anyone else think that the Man with the Yellow Hat was named Ted?