The Fascination with Curious George – by Chiara Talluto…

As writers we look at the world differently. Some may say, we are too sensitive or have a sick sense that makes us hard to understand. Often writers can trace back their inspirations of writing from childhood television shows, family trips, or daring experiences. The curious side of me has recently been resurrected by re-watching old shows like the Brady Bunch, I Love Lucy, Tom and Jerry, Mr. Rogers, and my favorite… Curious George.
I think it’s safe to say that Curious George can help us tap into our joy of discovering new things, as well as not rushing to judge and learning to forgive.

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.

~~Arnold Edinborough

Yesterday, I watched Curious George’s “Swing into Spring” TV special with my eight-year-old daughter. We’ve seen the special plenty of times before, and always found it hilarious.

If you don’t know about the show, here’s a quick synopsis: The Man with the Yellow Hat is sure that George has spring fever, and so he takes him to the park to experience all the wonders of spring. George is so excited about spring that he wants his dog friend Hundley, to have spring fever too, but Hundley and the Doorman are busy trying to win the Mayor’s spring cleaning prize. When a broken water pipe floods the building, Hundley has to stay with George in the country, and he tries to make sure Hundley enjoys spring.

As we giggled at George’s silliness, I got to thinking about this little monkey and why I liked him so much. He’s very cute, but the Curious George shows are about a mischievous monkey on sordid adventures and comical mishaps that The Man with the Yellow Hat has to rescue him from or fix the situation—all the time. If that was my monkey, boy, oh boy, he would be in trouble and put in a very long time out.

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