Curious George is a great character and I thought it would be a good idea to get the original book for my toddler so he could learn where George comes from. After reading through it once, it's now in the attic until he's older. Maybe I'm too much a product of my own upbringing, but it seems like a bad idea to introduce the idea that it's okay to wander into a jungle, pluck an animal out of the wild, and bring it home with you via a long sea journey. It makes it harder to reinforce the importance of leaving wild animals (e.g. the squirrels at the park) alone, that they're different than house pets. I doubt my son knows what to make of George smoking a pipe before bed - he's never seen a pipe and we don't know anyone who smokes anymore. But I also don't think I want my toddler to believe that monkeys can be sent to prison. (Side note: why is there a balloon salesman outside the walls of a prison? That is so weird!) But when my son is older, we can bring this book out and talk about why it wouldn't be okay anymore to steal a monkey from the jungle.