Growing up, Spanish was my native tongue and I was learning English at a bilingual school and during trips to Houston to visit my dad. For some reason, I always preferred reading in English. I clearly remember spending hours reading and reading the classic Curious George book. There was no TV show or George movies back then, he only existed as an illustration by H.A. and Margret Ray.
Over 30 years later, my daughter is now also a Curious George fan, but, not only can she see him in a book, she can now interact with him and watch him come alive on the screen on thanks to WGBH and PBS KIDS GO!
Our favorite mono is now celebrating Latina moms and our heritage with a special episode airing this Friday, May 6th called “Mother’s Day Surprise.” In this episode we get to see George and his Latino friend Marco learn how to make a piñata, or as close as they can get to one, to celebrate Marco´s mami. My daughter was actually surprised when she saw the show and heard Marco say “Mami.” She turned to me with a proud smile and said: “¡Dijo Mami!” That right there proved to me how well she can already separate both languages at 3 years of age and how proud she is of speaking español.
“This Mother’s Day, we’ll continue Season 5’s exploration of the social sciences by showing kids how Marco and his family celebrate El Dia de la Madre,” says WGBH Executive Producer Dorothea Gillim. “We hope that through George’s adventures, kids will be inspired to explore their own family’s customs.”
Here’s a preview of the “Mother’s Day Surprise” episode where George and Marco are trying to figure out how to make a piñata.
Visit pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/ for showtimes, fun videos, printables and games, including a new piñata game coming very soon!
Moms Celebrating Moms Twitter Party #CuriousGeorgeMoms
Check out this fun and prize-filled Twitter party to celebrate moms and this special Curious George episode.
- What: Bilingual Twitter Party brought to you by Curious George
- When: Thursday, May 5th
- Time: 1pm EST/10am PST
- Topic: Moms Celebrating Moms
- Where: On Twitter with the Hashtag #CuriousGeorgeMoms. You can also use this customized TweetGrid (or TweetChat, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, etc) to follow all the action from the 6 co-hosts at once.
- Hosts: @Ohmariana, @mamalatina, @thoughtsofamomy, @Tracy_Iglesias. Moderated by @LBConnect. Special Guest: @DorotheaGillim
- Prizes: Three winners will pamper themselves with a $100 gift certificate from Aveda.com
Disclosure: SpanglishBaby did not receive compensation to write this post. However, I do have a client relationship with WGBH as Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions expressed here are my own.