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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Curious George: Go West, Go Wild is an installment in the series of movies and books about the cheerful and mischievous monkey named George and his best friend/trainer Ted, also known as The Man in the Yellow Hat. This time they head west by train to stay at cousin Ginny's farm while she vacations with her adventurous mom. George and Ted encounter some mild and short-lived perils, as when they have to cross a seemingly unstable old covered bridge and ford a wide river with a herd of farm animals, but there's little here to offend or frighten. There’s a positive message about being open to new experiences and trying new things.
What's the story?
CURIOUS GEORGE: GO WEST GO WILD is the latest installment in the famed series of books and movies that have charmed kids and parents for generations. Here George accompanies Ted (Jeff Bennett), The Man in the Yellow Hat, to Ted's cousin Ginny's farm. Ted's promised to farm-sit while she vacations with her adventurous mom. But Ted knows nothing of farms and little about country life. Emmett (Max Mittelman) is the young farmhand in charge, still learning the ropes himself. George's mischievous antics immediately upend the farm's routine. When the farm's animals get out and run off into the countryside, Emmett demonstrates that despite his inexperience, he has great presence of mind and organizes a rescue operation. He practices lassoing until he masters it. His willingness to keep trying inspires Ted to learn to fish and ride a horse and George to learn to play harmonica. Ginny experiences a similar liberation from cautiousness on her trip as well.
Is it any good?
Curious George: Go West Go Wild is designed to appeal to preschoolers, and it certainly will. George represents the kind of enthusiasm and blundering small children experience as they encounter new challenges every day. George manages to cheerfully make mistakes and show remorse, to which kids will relate. The good news for George and his viewers is that he's always forgiven and always loved no matter what, making these adventures a great model for how kids want to be treated and for exhausted parents who may not always have the energy to show Ted's patience and forbearance.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how fun and educational it can be to go somewhere new. What new things does George learn at the farm?
George's curiosity always makes him open to new adventures, but Ted is more cautious. What are some things Ted learns that allow him to enjoy the adventure?
Do you think it would be fun to go to a farm and becomes friends with cows, sheep, and a llama? Why or why not?
What's something you would like to try or learn how to do? How can you achieve this goal?
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