Reading to a toddler every evening will expose you to a wide range of children’s literature, some of which relates to the elevator industry at times. One of my son’s favorite books is a collection of Curious George’s “New Adventures” published by Houghton Mifflin Company Boston, A Treasury of Curious George. In this collection, Curious George in the Big City tells the story of how George gets lost in New York City during the holiday season, and how he is later reunited with his friend, the man with the yellow hat.
In the scene below, George is trying to get away from an angry department-store clerk who is trying to catch him, because he upset a display of gift boxes. Unfortunately, George could never serve as the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation’s mascot for obvious reasons.
As George goes around the city trying to find the man with the yellow hat, he hears a tour guide telling a group of people that they were going “up.” Someone at the Empire State Building must have had a generous heart that day.
George gets a breathtaking view of the city once he is on top of the building. It was a little bit of a shock the first time I read this story and saw the Twin Towers featured prominently in the city skyline. That’s because this book was published on August 27, 2001, days away from the 9/11 attacks.
Curious George continues to look for his friend while riding a bus around the city. Finally, he sees the department store where the story began. The man had been there the whole time, looking for him. May we all have such luck in being found in the place we originally got lost.