One of what may have been one of the biggest aspects of your childhood is celebrating seventy five years of monkeying around. Curious George, the loveable monkey who crept his way into our hearts and our children’s books, is a character originally named Fifi, but his German born creators changed it to George upon arriving in New York City. A long way George had to go, from escaping Nazi invaded France to traveling overseas he survived and continues to grow in our hearts.
- In 1939, artists Hans Augusto and Margret Rey were living in Paris, where they had written a book with a side character named Fifi.
- The Reys thought this young, inquisitive monkey deserved his own story and wrote a manuscript for The Adventures of Fifi.
- But their plans were interrupted when the Nazis invaded France.
“”As German-born Jews, the Reys had to get out of Paris, but the trains had stopped running and they didn’t own a car.””