Fun in the Car with Curious George

Curious George
For all of you parents out there, maybe you remember when your parents used to take you out for a Sunday drive in the family vehicle, while singing songs and bonding. Of course, things didn’t always run so smoothly in the back seat if you and your siblings didn’t have some fun things to do while you drove. If you’re like me, you love to go on road trips, but may have a hard time in choosing activities to keep your kids occupied. Thankfully, Curious George has plenty of fun to offer your kids in the car.

Although we don’t sell songbooks (this might be a relief for some of you), we currently have a Curious George Super Sticker Activity Book that comes with 500 stickers. This book is geared towards ages 4-8, and includes over 45 activities. There are counting games, drawing challenges, 8 search-and-find scenes, holiday-themed activities (with stickers), 4 sticker puzzles, counting and matching activities, and did I mention stickers? All for your little one.

If you are one of those families that is blessed with a portable DVD player, then we have even more options for you. We have Curious George DVDs like Curious George: A Bike Ride Adventure and Curious George Goes Green. I guarantee that your kids will love these DVDs!

If your child is old enough to read, we have books that will correlate with activities that you may already be doing this summer, including Curious George at the Baseball Game as well as Curious George Goes to Costumer Party. These are fantastic books that you can take along on a family car ride, as well.

So stave off the boredom and the antsy energy with some of these fun items. Then don’t forget to stop for an ice cream and a stretch of the legs every so often!

Curious George Drawn From Real Life Inspiration

Have you ever wondered why Curious George is so curious?  Or why he has a penchant for mischief, is always getting into trouble, yet somehow seems to narrowly escape disaster time and time again?

The source of inspiration came from the couple who first created the children’s books themselves, H.A. and Margret Reys.  The Reys were German Jews that lived in Paris during the time of the Nazi reign.  Because they were Jewish, they had to constantly search for safe places to hide from the Germans.  Two days before the Germans marched on Paris, they fled on their bicycles carrying drawings that later became the character of Curious George.  The theme of escaping disaster just in the nick of time throughout many of the Curious George episodes reflects the Rey’s own experience in life.

The Reys fled from Paris to New York in 1940.  While on board the ship, Margaret Rey used to sew miniature sweaters to keep the monkeys warm.  However, her efforts proved to be in vain, as none of the monkeys were able to survive the long passage. The Reys also used this time to develop the literature for Curious George.

The original name for George was Fifi.  When the Reys finally made it to America, they showed their manuscript to publisher Houghton Mifflin.  Houghton Mifflin expressed doubts about the name Fifi, especially for a boy monkey.  The Reys proceeded to change the name to George. In England, Curious George is known as ZoZo.

Although the monkeys did not survive in real life, through their literature, stories, and drawings, the Reys were able to create the story of a monkey that survived against all odds.  Curious George is a monkey to which many of us aspire.  This tried and true monkey may have a lot of flaws, but he has a heart full of gold and always learns his lesson.  Please click on the link if you are interested in browsing our selection of Curious George toys.  Although we can’t guarantee your invinciblity, we promise that you won’t be disappointed.