Where Have All The Saturday Morning Cartoons Gone?

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It’s a rainy, damp Saturday morning, which means I woke up with a headache and stiff joints. So I popped on the TV and flipped through the channels while stretching. We have over-the-air television that gets 36 channels (although I have blocked nine that we never watch, so really we have 27).

I was struck by the fact that there were almost no cartoons for kids on at 8:00 in the morning. There was “Curious George” on PBS, “Bigfoot Presents” on QUBO, and “Odyssey” on one of the Christian stations. Most of what was on the air at 8:00 am was news, news and more news, plus older tv shows and movies.

So where did all the Saturday morning cartoons go? I remember my kids watching “Rocky & Bullwinkle”, “Doug”, “Garfield”, “The Flintstones”, “Inspector Gadget”, “Alvin & The Chipmunks”, and “Rugrats” as they munched on their cereal in front of the old family TV. The cartoons only went so far into the morning, and then all the networks started showing regular shows for adults. The kids had to turn off the tv then and go clean their rooms.

Well, now the cartoon line-up is on Netflix, and as long as you have an internet connection you watch cartoons 24 hours a day. While I do love the fact that there are no commercials on Netflix, the Saturday morning experience of yesterday is gone.

 

The Journey That Saved Curious George – by Louise Borden (2005, 2010)

The Journey That Saved Curious George

 
If you love the book “Curious George” and its sequels, you should pick up a copy of “The Journey That Saved Curious George”. You will find it in the children’s biography section of your library or bookstore. It is beautifully illustrated with drawings from Hans and Margret Rey’s books, along with photographs of the authors and scenes from World War II. The Reys, being Jewish, fled Paris on bicycles as the Nazi army invaded the country.

 
The story was very inspiring to me. The Curious George books are more than just entertaining tales. They are the work of two people who felt passionately about writing books for children, people who considered them important enough to be carried along on their hasty journey while almost all of their possessions were left behind.

 
Anyone about second grade or older will enjoy this book. You will find out what prompted Hans to choose a monkey as his main character. You’ll also learn what George’s original name was! Even though the book covers a frightening time in history, it is written in a lighthearted manner that keeps it from becoming depressing or heavy. This is an excellent biography for you to read with your young person as they learn about World War II.