Monday, July 14, 2008

Curious George and Down syndrome

discovered the above link while searching the internet for a photo of CGs apartment this weekend (Ciarra was sure he lived in Boston)

Sad, sweet, tragic, beautiful...all of the above

Curious George Takes a Job

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.


Tammy and Parker said...

You come up with the most amazing information. I love reading your blog.

Tammy and Parker

Mariah said...

Very touching to me...Curious George is my son's favorite book! I always thought it was because he is just like Curious George!

Michelle said...

I was really touched to see the DS connection, and yet so sad. We have come so far, and yet SO far to go still.

The Spicer Family said...

Oh my goodness, I was just thinking of Ciarra the other day, wondering how you guys were doing. A facebook friend linked me to this blog post. Very interesting. Hope you're well! Jill