CURIOUS GEORGE- Monkey Business Week WXXI Kids Summer Reading Program

CURIOUS GEORGE- Monkey Business Week WXXI Kids Summer Reading Program

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 8:00am - Fri, 06/29/2012 - 6:30pm

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When School's Out The Learning Doesn't Stop!

During the summer, WXXI Kids' helps to prevent the “summer slide” by focusing on literacy with 10 weeks of themed programming, online resources, video clips and episodes, apps, online games and activities. Each week will feature reading-related episodes from different PBS KIDS series on TV and new postings of related resources, games and apps at the WXXI Education site.

CURIOUS GEORGE“Monkey Business Week” kicks off on June 25 at 8:00AM and 3:00PM on WXXI-TV 21.1 Cable 11/1011 and features the following episodes:

Check out online games and videos at PBS Kids Curious George site

Free Curious George Episode Download from I-Tunes this week! (FREE ONLY For the Week of June 25th)
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Printable Activities:


Episode Descriptions:


CURIOUS GEORGE “Monkey Business Week” – Starts June 25


“George Buys a Kite/Train of Light” *NEW* - June 25

After a gust of wind destroys their kite, George and Bill are determined to buy the Ultimate Kite on display at Ada & Luke's country store.  Luckily, Bill & George's Excellent Job Service finds enough work to keep their weekend schedule filled with money making chores--until rain prevents the duo from completing their outdoor tasks. Can their precise schedule be rearranged to do the inside chores while it's raining and complete the outdoor tasks when it's sunny or will Bill and George's Excellent Job Service go out of business? 


During a trip to Mabel's Department Store, George helps wrap presents, watches himself on TV, rides the escalator, and becomes fascinated by a lamp that casts a shadow of a moving train onto the wall.  When George tries to leave the store, the door is locked and the lights shut off.  George is trapped inside, so he gets to work creating his own signature lampshade that he hopes will grab the attention of the Man with the Yellow Hat.   Will George's plan work or will George be spending the night in the store?


“Hamster Cam/The Great Monkey Detective”- June 26

Steve's pet hamster, Hogie, is on the loose in the city streets with nothing but a small video camera tied to his back. George helps Steve track his whereabouts using clues from the hamster cam and his best monkeyish map-reading skills. But can a monkey with a map keep up with a hamster on the run?


It's mystery movie night at Chef Pisghetti's restaurant.

But the big mystery really begins when Chef Pisghetti's cookbook suddenly vanishes! A fan of Detective Basil Know-it-All, George, understands that clues are the key to solving a mystery.  Will George be able to crack the case of the missing cookbook or will this mystery remain unsolved?


“Wind Symphony/George and Allie's Automated Car Wash” – June 27

George is an expert at making noise, so Mr. Zoobel asks for his help in creating a one-of-a-kind rooftop Wind Symphony.  George and Zoobel listen closely to the different sounds of everyday objects, whether it's banging pots, clinking silverware, or flapping laundry, and find the perfect instruments for a wind-powered orchestra.  But as the crowd gathers below, the promised wind isn't arriving and George has to think of a way to save the day.


Spish!  Spish!  Blub blub!  George and Allie are so impressed by Sprint Quint's automatic car wash that they decide to build their own…for toy cars!  Remembering each stage of the car wash by the sound it makes, George and Allie assemble picnic benches, slippers, car mats, paint rollers and other everyday objects into a one-of-a-kind automatic toy wash. But will it be as successful as the full-sized car wash?


“DJ George/Curious George Paints the Desert” – June 28

It's George's lucky day when the Man with the Yellow Hat wins tickets to a Bonnie Smooth concert over the radio. But at the radio station, George's luck turns when he accidentally locks himself into the DJ booth just as Bonnie Smooth herself is scheduled to call in for an interview.  Can a DJ teach a monkey how to operate a radio station through a sound proof window in time for the big call, or will George be able to figure it out on his own?


While visiting the Quints during their desert vacation, George is thrilled when his new Native American friend makes a colorful sand painting of the happy monkey.  But a jackrabbit runs through the painting, ruining the work of art and making George not so happy. George decides to make his own painting to replace the ruined one, but when he doesn't have the correct color of sand, he turns to food to help dye it the right color.


“Downhill Racer/Book Monkey” – June 29

When George hears about the annual soapbox derby, he enlists Allie to help him make the coolest car a monkey could drive.  But even with the help of Bill's instruction manual, building a car takes a lot of work and car parts sure are hard to find.  Will their car made out of wagon wheels, a kayak, and brakes from a buggy race past the finish line or are they on a crash course?


George loves books and helping others, so volunteering to help the librarian is a no-brainer!  But when she is called away, George may have volunteered for a bigger job than he expected. He does his best to reshelf books, but when people can't find what they're looking for, he starts over from scratch. After he sorts by the color, then size, then subject, how will the exhausted little monkey react when the librarian tells him that books are also sorted alphabetically?