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Hidden Meanings in Children's Books

Read Between the Lines: 10 Classic Kids' Books With Delightfully Subversive Subtext

Insatiable curiosity is one of tots' most endearing — and exhausting — qualities — a quality shared with the original mischievous little monkey, Curious George ($8). Written in 1941 by a German Jew who escaped the Nazis with little more than his watercolors and bicycle, George's curiosity gets him in heaps of trouble, but readers can't help but root him on.

Knowing the background, doesn't the original cover (pictured) seem scarily evocative of Nazi S.S. Guards?

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