Cool Characters on Tour

If you happen to live in Canada, know that Caillou is making an appearance near you! Here is the link for tour dates, of which there are only two. Let’s hope that they decide to come to the U.S. as well! We will definitely keep you posted if that’s the case :)

 Thankfully, there are some other great shows touring in the United States featuring your favorite characters:

Angelina Ballerina: The Musical is showing at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY, between Park and Madison Avenues, from Sun. May 6th, 2012 – Sun. May 20th, 2012.

Pinkalicious

Pinkalicious: The Musical is playing at the MMAC in New York through July 1st, 2012 and in Chicago through August 5. Canadians won’t miss out, either, with the show running in Toronto through June 24.

If you go to see Pinkalicious, be prepared to dress up in your finest pink attire. In the show, Pinkalicious Pinkerton tries to survive on pink cupcakes alone, all vegetables aside! Throughout the show, Pinkalicious learns the value of eating healthy, listening to her mom and dad, and living in moderation. The show includes live music, and the tickets are reasonably priced.

Tickets for Angelina and Pinkalicious are available through https://iseats.net/

Have you seen the show? If so, what did you think?

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.