Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

My children and a few of their good friends had the wonderful opportunity to prescreen a PBS TV Special that will air throughout the month of December and for holiday seasons to come. The cartoon special is from the classic Curious George series, and is titled, "Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas". By linking to PBS Kids online, you can even find the video to view on your computer.

The story of Curious George was created by Hans Augusta Rey and his wife Margret. Hans Augusta, also known as H.A., was primarily the illustrator and Margret was primarily the writer. Their story is an amazing adventure in itself. Both H.A. and Margret were originally from Germany but met in Brazil. Margret's family moved there to escape Nazism. The two eventually married, and soon after moved to Paris where H.A.'s animal artwork was discovered and caught the attention of a French publisher.

The result of their work grew into the idea for Curious George. But while they were in Paris the war raged on. And literally, hours before its fall to the Germans, H.A. built two bicycles and the two fled Paris. Among their few possessions were their Curious George works. Their escape took them to the Spanish border, then to London and back to Brazil. But they did not stop there, they eventually made their way to America and settled in New York city where Curious George was published by Houghton Mifflin. Their books became an instant success and they published more in the series.

And now we are fortunate to benefit from these wonderful children's stories that the whole family can enjoy. The TV special, airing on PBS, includes engaging songs your children will love and will have you humming as you cook your holiday dinner. The repeated airings on PBS will allow the children to memorize these wonderful songs. Younger children love seeing these shows over and over to memorize and become fully immersed in the story.

It's soon to become one of your family's holiday classics.

We give it a two thumbs up!

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