In 2003, Zackary Sholem Berger gave the world a Yiddish translation of the classic children's book The cat in Hat and it became Di Kats Der Payats.
Now in 2005, through his Twenty-Fourth Street Books company, the tales of Curious George gets a Yiddish translation in George Der Naygeriker and really comes back home.
Curious George was written and drawn by husband and wife team H A Rey and Margret Rey, two Jews from Germany who ended up in Paris and prior to the Nazi occupation of France in 1940 they fled to the United States via Brazil.
The story and series of books featuring George, the monkey has enchanted children of all ages since first being published in 1941.
For those who don't know George, this curious little monkey is brought from his home in Africa to a big city by a man in a yellow hat. In the big city, he lives with the man with the yellow hat and gets up to all types of adventures.
In 2006, an animated movie starring Will Ferrell as the man in the yellow hat will be released.
George Der Naygeriker keeps the exact storyboard as the original, the only difference being where there is English, Yiddish now appears.
Thanks to Berger, the words of the Rey's can be told in Yiddish, something they would have been proud of.
For more information: www.yiddishcat.com