Curious George: Wash Your Hands

HMH. (Curious George). Apr. 2021. 20p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9780358567301.
PreS-K–As a mischievous and playful monkey introduces young children to the importance of washing their hands. Curious George is outside playing when the Man with the Yellow Hat calls him inside to eat lunch. He reminds George that he must wash his hands because of germs, and that there are good germs and bad germs. Inserts appear on each spread for adults to either read directly or ad-lib with their child, containing important facts and information that accompany the story arc. George goes to the sink and washes his hands, with the insert providing information on how to wash hands correctly, and the story continues with George singing “Happy Birthday” twice to ensure he is cleaning thoroughly. Bright scenes will have children poring over the pages; other than showing young readers how to wash their hands, it also discusses when washing up is a good idea. George eats his lunch and goes outside, only to get covered in mud. Readers are asked, “What should George do now?” This is highly readable and interactive book families can share with their young children, likely to encourage them to follow along.
VERDICT Especially in a post-COVID world, washing one’s hands is an important topic and Curious George makes it fun.

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