Over at Antique Mommy there has been a discussion going on in the comments, about Curious George. I keep going back to say more, because I find it a fascinating series of books and my boys have loved them. Buddy Boy is on a Curious George kick right now and asks for him every night. I remember loving him myself as a kid. What is it about George that is so appealing and also a bit frightening?
Another question rolling around in my head: why does it seem that adoption/abandonment/parenting seems to be an underlying theme for George?
After I did respite and interim foster care for infants and then adopted Buddy Boy and started reading children’s books to him I suddenly found these themes in many books that I never previously consciously thought of as adoption/foster-care-themed books. Examples:
1. Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
2. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
3. The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
4. Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
5. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
6. Corduroy by Don Freeman
7. Hugs by Jez Alborough
8. Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
Others that clearly have kids in foster care:
1. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
2. In Which Tigger Comes to the Forest and Has Breadkfast; The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
3. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
4. Ruby Holler by Sharon Creach
Is it my imagination, or obsession with adoption, or is this a common theme? Has anyone else noticed that suddenly a lot of books are about kids losing/missing/longing for/finding parents?