Having adored Curious George since a young girl, I immediately jumped on board my daughter’s newest obsession with his stories. I fondly remembered so many of little George’s constant mischiefs and the way things somehow worked themselves out in the end. However, I had no recollection of how many non kid like excerpts his stories contained. No children’s publisher would dare stock the shelves with some of H. A. Rey’s books had they been written in this decade.
For example, in Curious George Gets a Medal, George is locked in a cage for causing destruction at the museum. He is described as being “so ashamed he almost wished he were dead. “
Wait!! Dead?! Did I really just read that to my three year old??? I look and see her eyes wide as saucers. “Oh, um, I mean George felt really sad!”
My biggest smiles come from the very first Curious George book. I knew George came from the jungle. I forgot how he was in fact captured against his own will and forced to leave his home.
Once on board the boat the man was kind enough to let George free, and expose him to second hand smoke right off the bat.
Well, he already experienced it second hand, might as well let him have his own puff.
I could not help but laugh at what was considered the norm in teaching children back in 1941 compared to today. I think I am sounding like my grandparents’ generation now, but. . . my how times have changed!
What comes to mind when you think about how much different we are now from that day? Do you think things have changed for the better, the worse? No right or wrong answer, just want to hear your thoughts about it!