1. Curious George is a 23 minute show comprised of two episodes. One of the episodes takes place in the country, and one of the episodes takes place in the city. Zero episodes take place in the suburbs. I'm happy to finally see a kid's show that shows a family living in an apartment and doesn't equate it to poverty. The suburbs are fine, but Aias will likely never live in the suburbs. I'm glad there's a show that depicts this as being ok.
2. The Man with the Yellow Hat basically represents everything I want to be as a parent. He's patient, he doesn't get upset over George's misunderstandings, he carefully explains things to George, and he never raises his voice. Sometimes George will do something really annoying and you can see the Man with the Yellow Hat is annoyed for just one second from the look on his face, but he takes a minute to collect his thoughts and then treats George with respect in regard to the situation at hand.
3. Instead of pushing a product for kids to buy Curious George pushes ideas and concepts that may be interesting to kids. Ideas and concepts that the creators of the show don't stand to make a dime on. For example, magnets, planting, sailing, museums, sharing, etc.
4. Curious George teaches me what it must feel like to be a young toddler or child learning about their world. Here's an example: in one episode, Curious George learns that squirrels hide their food in the ground so they can go back and eat it later. George decides that this is a great idea so he goes into the fridge and cabinets of his home, takes out all the food, and buries it in the yard. The Man with the Yellow Hat returns home and explains to George that human food shouldn't be buried. He also explains that the food squirrels hide in the ground is sometimes forgotten and it grows into trees. He specifically shows how an acorn grows into an oak tree. George thinks he understands, and thinks of things around the house he can plant in the ground and fantasizes over what types of things these items will grow into. Of course, when the Man with the yellow had returns to find this, he re-explains to George that it's only seeds and nuts that grow. Lesson learned.
5. Curious George has the cutest imagination and it's shown through animated thought bubbles. They are seriously adorable and hilarious. Some of them are shown here, but I do think they are much better animated. Our favorite is when George imagines all the fun things he would do it he were to babysit his neighbors bunnies, like read them books and play cards with them all.
Those are only a few of the reasons we love this goofy show. If you have a kid you should definitely check it out; maybe even if you don't!
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