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A Wonderful George Book, Especially Good for Hospital Visitors
on August 1, 2010
This is the last of the original Curious George books by Margret and H.A. Rey. In it, George is home alone when a package arrives at the door. Since the man with the yellow hat is away, George opens the package, and everlastingly curious, swallows one of the puzzle pieces that he finds inside. When his stomach begins to hurt, the man with the yellow hat checks him into the hospital children's ward to have it removed. There he meets many children, among them the frightened and sad Betsy. In the process of his own recovery, George gets up to his inevitable monkey mischief, makes an enormous mess and manages to cheer up the sad little girl.
While the story quality of this George book isn't quite up to the others in the original series, it is still a great read-aloud, even when no hospital visit is imminent for the listener. And if a hospital visit does become necessary, the story may help prepare them for the experience. A 1960's hospital is quite different than a hospital of today, but caregiving adults in uniform, needles, hospital gowns, and the practice of anesthesia for surgery remain the same.
Most Curious George stories are simple fun, but this one actually provides a moral example to follow. George's attitudes of bravery, cheerfulness and helping others feel better is a positive one, even if he does get into mischief.