Tuesday, November 11
"After a good meal and a good pipe, George felt very tired." This line was written by H.A. Rey in 1941 for his classic, "Curious George." Can you believe it? You forget how much things have changed! And there is actually a picture of cute little George sitting in an overstuffed easy chair, smoking a pipe. Jack and Abbey were a little surprised, exclaiming "but monkey's can't smoke!" Indeed they can't. In fact, if what you remember most about Curious George is the recent movie or the shows on PBS, you are sorely misinformed. In the book the man in the yellow hat actually kidnapped George from the jungle to bring him home to New York for the zoo. He put him in a bag and swept him from his home. Once home, after he did all that smoking, he accidentally (because he is so curious, natch) called the fire department and when they arrived they were so pissed it was a false alarm that they had George arrested and put in prison. Prison! Its pretty funny though, seeing that little monkey behind bars. Maybe it was supposed to be a lesson for the kiddies of the 40's. Screw around and be too curious and you'll end up in jail sonny! I must say I am glad that Jack took it out of the library so that we could see how the classics were really meant to be written.