Rhymes with Curious George

Rhymes with Curious George? Yeah, that’s a tough one. This is a long and windy story so just bear with me…but I’ll try to make it brief.

My youngest daughter’s name is Ella and we often call her Ella Bella. And then we keep rhyming. So sometimes it’s Ella Bella’s feets so smella. I know, genius right?

My oldest daughter’s name is Lily. We always rhyme Lily with chilly and silly and all sorts of other made up -illy words.

But one day she had a better suggestion.

“Lily, Lily, Curious George.”

Yup. That’s it. Give her a break, she’s only in preschool. But she laughs hysterically every time. And honestly so do I.

I’m sure you are thinking I am the worst story-teller ever at this point. But it is a true story, and relevant. Keep reading…please.

We love Curious George in our house and was super excited to be invited to preview season 7 of his show on PBS. We previewed the first episode in a theater and my girls loved it. They sat in their seats in the theater and attentively watched George and his Australian adventure. The show features Bindi Irwin as a special guest…but come on, monkeys and kangaroo? How can you go wrong?

Here’s a sneak peek :

It was a very cute show and the adults were giggling and enjoying it as much as the children. Any who…after the screening, we had the opportunity to meet George himself! I think I was way more excited than my little ones. The three year-old played it cool, but did ask him where the Man with the Yellow Hat was. Smart question if you ask me. My little one, well, she had a meltdown. She is a huge fan of Curious George books, shows and even her little Curious George stuffed monkey, but a 6′ tall fuzzy, in real life George? Not so much.

From that picture, I am not sure you can really tell the fear in my little one, but trust me, she clung on to me so tight, buried her head in my shoulder and sobbed. Uncontrollably. Poor George…I hope he didn’t take it personally.

So we left. Quickly. Without saying good-bye.

And I took them for fro-yo. Because that solves all problems.

Here is more info on season 7 of Curious George, premiering on Monday, December 3rd:

Monday, December 3, 2012

“Monkey Down Under”

G’Day Mate!  George and The Man with the Yellow Hat visit the land down under for an Australian outback safari adventure!  While the Man goes sightseeing for sea cows, George stays behind to investigate footprints in the sand.  Could it be a mysterious hopping clown rabbit?  Or perhaps…a baby kangaroo!

“Bright Lights, Little Monkey”

George, Allie, and Bill go on a late-night search for a mysterious creature – the Perseids. But taking pictures in the dark is hard enough without making noise that would scare away their camera-shy guests. They’ll need a new way to communicate…in a flash!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

“We Otter Be Friends”

After an otter swims away with Mr. Quint’s boat keys, a stranded George tries everything he can to retrieve them.  But the otter is a faster swimmer, a quicker runner, and a better hider than George.  Can George out-otter the otter and get the keys back?

“Sir George and the Dragon”

George is starring in his first play.  Under the hot stage lights, George falls asleep and dreams he’s a guarding a medieval castle!  Can the clever monkey figure out how to keep Dragon Charkie out of the castle and be the hero of the play?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

“Hundley Jr.”

What’s long, low to the ground, and loves to clean milkweed off the lobby floor? Hundley’s newest friend and caterpillar, Hundley Jr!  But when Hundley is torn between looking after the lobby and caring for his new friend, he turns his lobby duties over – to a monkey!

“Curious George Gets Winded”

Bill needs one more newspaper delivery to win the coveted Golden Pouch, but a big snowfall ruins his chances. Even with George’s help, there’s no way he can deliver all those papers in time.  Can George’s monkey-made wind sled help the duo sail to victory?

Curious George airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings). For more monkey fun, visit Curious George’s website at pbskids.org/curiousgeorge. The site has games, printables, and video clips to enrich kids’ creativity.