Curious George

Book review by Mary Dixon Weidler, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 3+

Michievous monkey's antics will have kids laughing.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 18+

Allegory in favor of slavery.

A white man goes and takes a brown sentient being from Africa, brings him to America, and makes it assimilate and punishes it when is makes mistakes. Sound familiar? Curious George is an allegory in favor of slavery. My daughter received it as a baby. I read it to her once and was appalled it was still in circulation. No thank you.

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age 10+

Avoid colonialism for kids

We removed the book from our home and don’t watch the show because I feel it desensitizes our kids to the historically violent mistreatment of both humans and animals that happened on the African continent by explorers, colonizers and slave traders. Explaining the Curious George origin story to my 5 yr old son, he was appalled because his other shows teach him proper care of animals. He clearly sees how kidnapping an animal is not acceptable even if they seem to “have fun” later on.

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