Curious to see if kids still love ‘Curious George’?

March 30, 2016 by

web-CuriousGeorgeFirstSay the name ”Curious George” and anyone who was a child during the past three-quarters of a century will immediately envision a small brown money on a field of vivid yellow.

On April 8, preschoolers at Neighbor to Neighbor will become the newest members of the Curious George Fan Club when the original book is featured at “Reading with Friends.”

The story time for children ages 3, 4 and 5 begins at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. The “Reading with Friends” series is set for the second Friday of each month through May. Each session includes playtime and a snack, plus children will receive a free copy of “Curious George” to take home. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers are invited to enjoy coffee and snacks downstairs at the day center for women while the story is being read upstairs.

There is a limit of 30 children so parents must register in advance by calling Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or emailing neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

“Curious George,” written and illustrated by H.A. and Margret Rey, was first published in 1941 and became an instant success. It spawned scores of other stories — “Curious George Rides A Bike,” “Curious George Flies a Kite,” “Curious George Learns the Alphabet,” “Sweet Dreams, Curious George” and “Reading Fun with Curious George,” to name just a few — plus at least one movie, two TV series, a children’s foundation and even a Boston bookstore.

But for “Reading with Friends,” the focus will be the original story, read by Susie Haver from the Cloud County Convention and Tourism office.

This year’s “Reading with Friends” is funded by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Fund, through the Community Foundation for Cloud County, and a gift from the Cloud County Attorney’s Diversion Fund, with continuing support from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, who operate Neighbor to Neighbor.

There is just one remaining session for the 2015-16 school year; it will be May 13.

 

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