Curious George

Curious George

by H. A. Rey


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In this, the original book about the curious monkey, George is taken from the jungle by the man in the yellow hat to live in a new home, but--oh, what happened! Though trying to be good, George is still very curious and takes a swim in the ocean, escapes from jail, and goes for a flying ride on a bunch of balloons. This treasured classic is where it all began for the curious, loveable monkey and is a must have for any children's book collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395150238
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/15/1973
Series: Curious George Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 29,538
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Hans Augusto Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1898. As a child, he spent much of his free time in that city's famous Hagenbeck Zoo drawing animals. After serving in the army during World War I, he married Margret Rey and they moved to Montmartre for four years. The manuscript for the first Curious George books was one of the few items the Reys carried with them on their bicycles when they escaped from Paris in 1940. Eventually, they made their way to the United States, and Curious George was published in 1941. Curious George has been published in numerous languages. And many, many Curious George books have followed.

Place of Birth:

Hamburg, Germany; Margret in 1906, and H.A. in 1898

Place of Death:

Cambridge, Massachusetts; Margret died in 1996, H.A. in 1977

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"Children will welcome with great delight this fourth book about the engaging little monkey." Horn Book Guide

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Curious George 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Another good read.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I would recommend any version of Curious George, especially the original 1941 version. The story is sweet and the illustrations are delightful. I would not, however, recommend reading it all in one sitting to a toddler. I broke the story into two readings and that seemed to work out pretty well. Also, even though this is not a chapter book, it seemed like a good way to introduce the concept of them. My book is in paperback, which is fine since I'll probably be reading the book to my son. It is a good idea to reinforce the spine of paperbacks with clear packing tape. It will help them last much longer.
Elaine de Beaumont More than 1 year ago
I ADORE Curious George. He exhibits love and caring, exactly what any normal "child" should. Yes, he gets into trouble and his owner is there to see that he knows the correct wayvto do something. How marvelous to instill such love and pass on knowledge!! I guess all of this must have been missed on some people.
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
this is a timeless classic childrens book, on par with Babar and and the little train that could
Othemts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a children's classic but I find it a little disturbing. There's an undercurrent of misery in the text that doesn't jibe with the smiling monkey in the pictures.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Curious George is, of course, a mischievous little monkey who gets taken from his home in Africa and brought to live in the big city by the man in the yellow hat. Along the way he gets in many misadventures including falling off a big boat, accidentally calling the fire department and causing them trouble, getting put in jail, getting blown away with a handful of balloons, and finally getting put in the zoo. This is long for a picture book, but the text is simple and would be a good introduction to indpendent reading for newer readers. I think the characterization of George is what has made these books so popular - he's sweet, naive, often misunderstands or takes things too literally, etc. I think kids identify with him. The illustrations are bright, old-fashioned, lovely. I'm pretty sure they were originally done with a limited color palette but have been "colorized" in subsequent reprints?The story itself is kind of disturbing in retrospect: George is basically kidnapped/poached from Africa by the Man in the Yellow Hat, he's nonsensically "jailed" for calling in a false alarm to the fire department, and finally he ends up in the zoo - you know, trapped in a cage rather than running around free in Africa. This is very different from the Curious George most kids are probably used to seeing via the movies and the PBS show.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was familiar with the character, of course, but I don't recall ever reading the first book.And now I think I see why. It is a little stuck in the past, isn't it? We don't glorify poaching anymore, nor smoking, nor old-fashioned zoos. (And that just messes with the series canon, that, since George doesn't live in the zoo in any of the other books.)Moreover, my nieces don't find this book interesting, but they do find more recent Curious George stories interesting. Please read this before you buy to make sure it's right for your kids.
Marylee1973 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The original-mine says 1941 renewed 1969. All time favs. this little monkey is so funny when he has a smoke on the bed. of course out dated in the sense it calls the cop fat. all in all a sweet story. You are so glad he makes it to the zoo before anyone really gets hurt..LOL
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Curious George story.
jeriannthacker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The original book about that trouble-causing monkey and his owner in the yellow hat. A classic for all ages.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't hold up as well today as it did when I was a kid, not to mention that George really is kidnapped from his home. Still, kids will enjoy the story of the very curious monkey.
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daisymag More than 1 year ago
im glad to see one of my favorite childrens books on nook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was my favorite book when i was a child! Now i can read it to my nephew while we look at my nook.
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Lanee Ross More than 1 year ago
this book is very good..they should make more of them like this one..i love ccurious george
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I've always loved the character of Curious George. I had the stuffed animal growing up and was even referred to as "George" for a short time as a child. When I was in a rush to grab a book for my son last month I bought this original Curious George story assuming I would love it. Turns out, I guess, I've never actually read the original which covers how George ended up with the man in the yellow hat to begin with. Essentially, the man shows up in Africa with his hunting rifle, sticks a bag over George to catch him and takes him back to the U.S. to live in a zoo. I immediately felt like it wasn't the right book for us! Yes, he's still the same lovable, curious little creature, but the gun and taking him out of his natural habitat aren't values I want to start off teaching my little one when there are so many other choices of books with purely positive plots and messages.
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