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PostSubject: Link between Curious George and Down syndrome   Tue 15 Jul 2008 - 20:30

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curious_George

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As stated in an interview, the book Curious George Takes a Job was inspired by a true story. A boy, whose name is not known today, was born in Hamburg in 1909 with Down's Syndrome. He was institutionalized by his parents, condemned to a life at the facility.

When the boy was 15, he escaped from the institution and fled into the city streets. Hungry and in search of food, he found the briefly unattended kitchen of a restaurant, where a cook found him playing with the food and eating it. The cook, intrigued, put him to work to clean dishes, and took him home that evening. Within the following days, the cook arranged with a friend to have the boy wash windows at an office building.

The boy's work went well at first. But in one office, he found colored paints. He used them to paint a mural on the wall of the office. The tenant returned to his office after a lunch break to find the boy busy painting, and he started to chase after him. The boy jumped out a third-story window, breaking some bones.

The story made local headlines. After several weeks of hospitalization, the boy was formally adopted by the cook, and he later became the star of an amateur movie. He was recognized in the coming years as a talented artist. Some of his artwork was sold by the renowned bookseller, A.S.W. Rosenbach.

Tragically, his identity, art, and other details of his life were lost in the ravages of World War II, and he is believed to have been put to death by the government of Nazi Germany.

I found this at Ciarrasmom's blog here http://downbloggers.blogspot.com/2008/07/curious-george-and-down-syndrome.html
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PostSubject: Re: Link between Curious George and Down syndrome   Wed 16 Jul 2008 - 6:35

Oh - in a way I hope that story is true - cos Hannah ADORES Curious George! And she has converted a few of our friends children to him too!
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PostSubject: Re: Link between Curious George and Down syndrome   Wed 16 Jul 2008 - 8:15

Thanks for the link, looks like a great blog to follow.
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PostSubject: Re: Link between Curious George and Down syndrome   Wed 16 Jul 2008 - 13:06

OMG! we call Matthew our "Curious George" all the time!! as he is just as mischievious as George is. HE LOVES CURIOUS GEORGE!! and has watched the movie heaps of times.
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PostSubject: Re: Link between Curious George and Down syndrome   Fri 1 Aug 2008 - 22:00

I had heard that recently. Very interesting!! Thanks Cathy.

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