Our long-time readers will understand the importance of ‘G,’ a.k.a. Claire’s Curious George doll. And you thought it was merely the 7th letter of the alphabet — silly, silly! :)
G made his first appearance in the blogosphere in September of 2011, when he and Claire volunteered to assist struggling patrons with the Automated Postal Center (otherwise known as the post office self-service machine that no one seems to be able to operate). Come on, people — read the instructions!
Now before you go asking about getting some of your own Aunt Mimi letters; sadly, I must tell you that this lady is a lawyer-in-training and does not have an Etsy shop. Lo siento. Too bad there’s no pro bono work involving Curious George artistry! Missed opportunity, if you ask me.
Hooray for Aunt Mimi, and hooray for G! And while we’re at it, here’s a bit more about your favorite meddlesome monkey.
Curious George’s “parents” (creators Hans Augusto ‘H.A.’ and Margret Rey) were Germans from Hamburg who met briefly as kids and reunited in Rio de Janiero, where Hans was selling bathtubs and Margret was escaping the political climate in Germany. They were married in Brazil in 1935 and moved to Paris after falling in love with the city during their European honeymoon.
It was there that Hans published his first children’s book, Raffy and the Nine Monkeys (Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys in the British and American editions). This marked the debut of a mischievous monkey named Curious George. The Reys decided that George deserved a book of his own, but before the new manuscript could be published, the authors—both German Jews—found themselves needing to escape Paris before the Nazis took power.
Fleeing on bicycles made of spare parts, the pair brought only warm coats, a bit of food, and five manuscripts, one of which was Curious George. The Nazis entered Paris just hours later, but the Reys were already gone. They rode to the French-Spanish border and eventually made their way to NYC, beginning a new life as children’s book authors.
Curious George was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941, and all the George books, including the seven original stories by Margret and Hans, have sold more than twenty-five million copies. George’s adventures have been translated into many languages, including Japanese, French, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Swedish, German, Chinese, Danish, and Norwegian.
Although both of the Reys have passed away — Hans in 1977 and Margret in 1996—George lives on in the Curious George Foundation. For even more about G, check out this page — Curious About George? Oh, Houghton Mifflin, your titles are so clever. :)
And now we present … G: A photo retrospective. Enjoy.
which brings us to … 2015
Here’s to many more exciting adventures with G! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.