Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Curious George Screening Party

Courtesy of Curious George® & © 2011 Universal Studios and/or HMH. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PBS KIDS (R) Public Broadcasting Services
Today Big Brother, Little Sister, and I got to participate in our very first screening party of CURIOUS GEORGE, as shown on PBS Kids! We were so excited.  It just so happened that I had already picked up pizza on the way home (since I had to work later this afternoon), so that was perfect as we enjoyed watching our mischievous friend in his new adventures.  The new, 6th season airs on September 5, 2011.  This season George will explore "arts themed activities including helping Betsy enter a photography contest, creating a wind symphony, sand painting the desert, and even dancing the box step" as the press release states.

I love the peppy, swinging theme song, but it was fun to watch my two little ones as they watched (and listened to it) too.  Little Sister wiggled her shoulders along to the beat and Big Brother swayed his head in time to the music as well.  The theme song got us ready for fun with George!

Courtesy of Curious George® & © 2011 Universal Studios and/or HMH. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PBS KIDS (R) Public Broadcasting Services
 In the "Sock Monkey Opera episode", as shown above, George sees Hansel and Gretel in place of his friend Betsy who has the chicken pox.  Because he enjoyed attending the opera so much, when he comes home, he decides to show Betsy a different rendition of the famous fairy tale.

Little Sister (who is almost 15 months old now) loved the singing and dancing of Hansel and Gretel at the opera, as noted by her swaying and kicking of feet. I liked the brief retelling of this classic story (and that the witch was kept to a minimum). 

They gave us a fun idea of using finger puppets and a CD to tell a story.  Big Brother now wants to make a hand puppet of a cheetah (his very favorite animal).  Any ideas??? I asked him how we should start, and I was informed, "We have to get some boxes and stuff....and dots. We gotta paint its face."  Sounds like he's ready. Now I have to round up some supplies....

Click below for a clip from the "Sock Monkey Opera" episode:
Curious George Sock Monkey Opera clip

In the "Auctioneer George" episode, Big Brother's favorite part was when Mr. Glass rides the bicycle in the restaurant to get back to the auction in time. (Big Brother wondered how that might work in real life!)  I liked the idea that popcorn can be used to show how much the number 100 is.  We are not sure of Little Sister's favorite part, but I bet she would like to try some of that popcorn!

Click below for a clip from "Auctioneer George":
Auctioneer George clip

We will soon be viewing more of the new episodes, (Big Brother will surely enjoy the "detective" episode) but will be glad for others to be able to enjoy our mischievous friend and his antics again soon too.  It will be a great year for George fans! :)

Thanks to PBS KIDS (as found on for this special screening opportunity!

How about you, dear readers, do you enjoy Curious George as much as us?  Do share how his misadventures have brightened your days! :)

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