According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the monkey. How appropriate then that it also marks the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of the most famous monkey in American children’s literature. Ronald Reagan may have enjoyed bedtime with Bonzo, and Tarzan yukked it up with Cheetah, but small children will always love Curious George.
"With over 200 unique titles in print and an award-winning PBS children's television show, Curious George has always been inextricably linked to education and children's literature," the petition reads. "And, unfortunately with the steep decline in brick and mortar bookstores, The World's Only Curious George Store is the ONLY remaining store in the Square and surrounding area dedicated to children's literacy and educational toys."
When the Nazis marched into Paris in 1940, the Reyersbachs escaped on bicycles (with the manuscript for “Curious George” in hand) and eventually made their way to America, where they shortened their name to Rey. As luck would have it, their British editor was then working for Houghton Mifflin and eagerly acquired the couple’s now-legendary book.
As written in the petition, one can say Curious George was born and raised in Massachusetts because Margret and H.A. Rey settled in Harvard Square after escaping from Europe during World War II and partnered with local publisher Houghton Mifflin to create the first book.
Curious George Learns the Alphabet
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