My brother Jack Henry enjoys Curious George books, and has me read them over and over. He likes that George is so curious, because it makes him funny. But being curious often gets George into trouble. His friend, the man with the yellow hat, always tells George not to be too curious, but the mischievous monkey never listens. After reading the books to Jack Henry so many times, I have noticed something about George: He gets away with things because he is just being curious.
In one book, he was curious about the fountain pen his friend had. He tried to write with it, but he spilled the ink everywhere. Trying to clean it up, he used soap powder and a water hose on the mess, and ended up flooding the house. He even tried to “borrow” a pump from a farmer to pump out the water. The pump, however, was too heavy for George to carry, so he let out a pen of pigs trying to get one to help him carry it. He was, in the end, forgiven, because he was only being curious.
Curious George books are wonderful children’s stories that are clever and funny, and I like to read them to Jack Henry, and curiosity is not a bad thing to have. But, it should not be an excuse for disobedience.